I'm worried about Toyota. Today I found a new interview between a danish engineering blog and Toyota's danish press manager. It's uh.. enlightening, kinda, when you look at what the light shows. There's a translation here (google translate, but it looks pretty decent).
Some choice bits: "Toyota's strategy of prioritizing production for the most environmentally friendly cars, which customers actually also want to buy, has in Europe meant that we, as the only major car manufacturer, already now meet the EU pollution requirements applicable from the New Year of an average of 95 grams of CO2 per year. km."
So, there's no punishment waiting for them if they don't start making more EVs. Got it.
"It is also important to emphasize that it is first when a car technology is sold in large numbers that it seriously beats in the climate accounts."
Read: And it sure isn't on Toyota to do anything to reach that point.
It gets better:
"Toyota's strategy is that with the still limited material resources, we want to prioritize our production so that the cars that people actually want to buy emit as little CO2, NOx and particles as possible. For example, it is extremely resource-intensive (including lithium and cobalt) to produce batteries for electric cars, and you can typically produce 80-100 full hybrid cars with significantly lower emissions than existing petrol or diesel cars for the same amount of resources as an electric car. "
We say Ford, GM, BMW are dinosaurs but really Toyota is the main dinosaur. They don't even try to make an attempt to appear like they are planning for the transition. They're the pure picture of sticking your head in the sand.
Toyota's fall will be especially hard on the Japanese economy and there's not much the government of Japan can do because Japan doesn't really have a lot of sway on the world stage anymore