Further confirmation that technology advances one funeral at a time: Interview: Toyota chairman wants to tap the brakes on electrics- Nikkei Asian Review Highlights: "If electric vehicles catch on too quickly, most automakers won't be able to turn a profit. That's true of Toyota as well, though we should be able to turn out just enough of the vehicles to stay in line with regulations." "Q: Some envision electric vehicles accounting for 30% of new-car sales in 2030. A: That's too soon. Toyota sells 9 million vehicles a year, and 1.4 million of them -- 15% -- are hybrids. It took us 20 years to get to this level. I think 30% electric by 2030 is impossible. It might happen if every country were to go all-out on regulation, but this would create chaos and make consumers unhappy. Many problems still need solving: range, charging time, battery life. We're working on a solid-state battery, but not even this would be enough. There will never come a time when all cars are electric." " Q: Are Toyota's plans for fuel cell vehicles in the Lexus luxury car brand and other projects going as expected? A: Various plans could shift slightly. It's not as though we're tossing fuel cells to the back of the line, but we have quite a number of things to try. We're putting more weight on commercial vehicles -- buses and trucks -- than before. We're working with Seven-Eleven Japan on small-scale deliveries using fuel cell vehicles. We built a fuel-cell-driven trailer truck in California. These all showcase the trademark noiseless drive of fuel cell vehicles." Yes, he said the "trademark noiseless drive of fuel cell". This guy is demented -- living in an ICE and H world. Laughable really. Hopefully his engineers are nodding politely and ignoring him.