Toyota’s goslow message on electric cars

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Toyota’s go-slow message on cars

Oct 08, 2012 by Jim Motavalli

No looking at the electric car market now is going to read full ahead from what’s so far. The Chevy Volt is half the car models on the market, but others, from the Nissan (poor hot weather performance, has in buy-backs) to the Fisker Karma reviews), are having trouble on the pad.

The question, as Joseph asked in the Wall Street is whether the latest group of vehicles will offer features and reliability and an attractive price to move electric beyond niche status. In cases, it’s all about — 70 or 80 miles in the real isn’t a lot.

With in mind, it’s not surprising Toyota is scaling back its car plans, which were hugely ambitious in the first The centerpiece is the RAV4 electric with Tesla Motors and now on in California. That car, from the company’s earlier electric (Ed Begley Jr. and Tom Hanks them), looks like a with real-world range of than 125 miles and lots of performance.

My colleague Brad Berman Tesla’s massage turned a Toyota utility wagon a high-riding 4,032-pound electric

But the RAV4 is only half of battery electric story. At auto shows around the I’ve seen tiny battery electrics tucked a corner at the Toyota booths. The was for a small-scale city car, and finally announced it would sit on the of the Scion iQ and be called the eQ.

It was never to get details; the program was clearly in a pattern.

In late September, Vice Chairman Takeshi let the other shoe drop he announced that the program’s reach would be scaled to maybe 100 eQ cars. The current of electric vehicles do not meet needs, whether it may be the distance the can run, or the costs, or how it takes a time to charge, Uchiyamada bluntly. The biggest problem is how bring down costs and how infrastructure will be in place.

I understand the reason for this, but I was wondering how Toyota will California’s tough zero-emission requirements with two limited electric programs, plus credit for the Prius Plug-In The electric RAV4 is limited to vehicles through the end of 2014.

I got an from Toyota spokesman Hanson, who said the company be addressing the future of the iQ at a gathering in in October. He confirmed the eQ program be scaled back globally, but he the U.S. eQ deployment was always to be small. We’re still ahead with a small-volume eQ here in California, he said.

It’s going to be seen in programs and on campuses, he said. California’s ZEV mandates, you get more if you bring in a car for car sharing.

That’s one Mercedes is fielding a large of 300 Smart Electric Drive in its Car2Go car-sharing program in San The program signed up 6,000 in its first 100 days, so it seems to be

Said Hanson: I can tell you electric vehicles are still of our overall strategy for building and a market. That’s kind of praise, though. Building is what you do with a demonstration and we’re supposed to be moving electrics to commercialization by now.

Clegern, a spokesman for the California Air Board (CARB), told me some manufacturers have gotten enough EVs on the road in the so they have what call over-compliance credits. with that older electric, the new one, the plug-in and a fairly robust fuel-cell car definitely has California credits.

California ZEV credits can be traded and and for automakers such as Tesla it’s proven a lucrative stream. If Toyota doesn’t enough credits, Clegern that it can buy more. I want to be that I’m not saying is or is not buying or trading credits anyone, but that is an option to he said.

California remains our deeply committed EV state, and 40 of all electric cars are being there. On Friday, CARB the sale of 10,000 zero-emission All the cars got a generous rebate of up to on top of the existing $7,500 federal tax rebate.

I’d love to see a breakdown, but assuming that half or are plug-in hybrids such as the Volt and the plug-in version of the The Nissan Leaf is well there, too, however.

cutback may turn out to be a bump in the Most automakers are convinced battery cars will over, they’re just the date back somewhat.

is also remaining skeptical battery electrics, preferring to another zero-emission technology, cell cars. Hyundai’s Lim told Reuters, Battery car makers entered the market too without resolving problems as range anxiety and costs. It was a approach.

The battery electric may have helped raise value for a couple of years, but up slowing down the take-off in the

Fuel cell cars huge hurdles, too, notably a big need to build a network of $1 million-plus refueling Hydrogen cars are zero vehicles with drivetrains identical to battery electrics, so complement each other. But need totally different networks, so that has split constituencies.

So there are roadblocks and pitfalls but who said electrifying transportation be easy? Did the automobile take seamlessly from the horse?

a look at the eQ on video, with saying that it sees as best for city driving:

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