Toyota: Electricity should not be the only solution

Toyota: Electricity should not be the only solution


The electric will not be the only engine of the future. At the shareholders' meeting, Toyota rejected the criticisms made by some investors regarding the positions taken by president Akio Toyoda, who is rather skeptical about giving new electric cars a hegemonic role for the future of the automotive sector. In this regard, the Japanese carmaker announces that at least for the next 30 years its electric range will be flanked by various options ranging from hydrogen to hybrid.

Not surprisingly, the Japanese company has always shown rather skeptical in believing that endothermic cars are destined to disappear in the short term. Indeed, according to the company, they will represent one of the many options available to users. It is therefore evident that although Toyota has embarked on the new path towards electrification, it is, at the same time, following a decidedly different path from that of other manufacturers.

It is too early to focus on just one option. When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, there is a school of thought that says we should focus on battery electric vehicles. Including emissions related to production, use and scrapping: we are choosing to look at the entire life cycle of vehicles, explained Vice President Shigeki Terashi.

There is therefore no shortage of doubts about the impact of new battery-powered cars on reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, Toyota executives prefer an overall vision that can include all stages of production of a car on tap, starting from the extraction of materials to their disposal.

As underlined by Terashi, therefore, in the next few years various options, including hybrid and hydrogen-powered fuel cells will inevitably have to compete and leave the manufacturing company the possibility to choose the best alternative and, at the same time, keep in mind consideration of market preferences.

Some people love battery electric vehicles, but others do not find current technologies convenient. In the end, what matters is what customers choose, Masahiko Maeda, chief technology officer, also pointed out.

Let's not forget that Toyota has recently presented the exclusive and innovative idea that sees as protagonist a futuristic city of about 2000 inhabitants, completely powered by hydrogen. Built at the foot of Mount Fuji, the Toyota Woven City will be a true carbon neutral urban ecosystem.

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Leaked Images Show Imposing New Look

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  • These leaked dealer photos of the 2022 Toyota Tundra show the off-road-focused TRD Pro model.

  • The new truck will be powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine, and there could also be a hybrid option.

  • It'll make its debut in the coming months and should go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

  • Toyota will debut its new full-size Tundra pickup truck later this year, and we've already seen official photos of its front end and new twin-turbo V-6 engine cover. Now leaked dealer photos posted on the Toyota Tundra Forum show the off-road-ready TRD Pro model, and it's a much improved look from the previous generation, which has been around for more than a decade.

    The Japanese automaker gave us a glimpse of the new truck's grille last month, and this TRD Pro model has a large 'Toyota' badge above an LED light strip that's integrated into the blacked-out grille. The truck is sitting on a set of black TRD Pro-specific wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber, and there's a black pattern surrounding the wheel arches. A large debossed 'TRD Pro' logo is stamped into the tailgate, and three amber marker lights are on the rear, too, suggesting that this truck could be more than 80 inches wide.

    We expect the new Tundra to be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine as seen from photos Toyota released this week of the truck's engine cover. The iForce MAX, however, could be a hybrid drivetrain because of blue 'MAX' lettering on its logo. The current-generation Tundra uses the 5.7-liter iForce V-8 engine, which produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The new Tundra should also have a new rear suspension setup, ditching the old truck's leaf springs in favor of coil springs, air springs, or possibly an independent rear suspension.

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    Look for the full details on the new Toyota Tundra in the coming months. The new truck could go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year. Pricing is expected to start around $36,00o for a base model truck, and this TRD Pro model should start just over $50,000.

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