28 Nov '17, 5pm

Toyota Not Fazed By Tesla

Toyota Not Fazed By Tesla

Toyota loves hybrids and plug-in hybrids, but the Japanese automaker still isn’t convinced electric vehicles are the way of the future. While some automakers are investing heavily in fully electric vehicles, Toyota remains hesitant on mass producing EVs in the near future. Speaking to German publication Der Spiegel, Toyota’s Takeshi Uchiyamada said, “Tesla is not our enemy and not our role model. I think it’s the German manufacturers that rather see Tesla as a competitor.” That makes sense since Toyota doesn’t have any fully electric vehicles in its portfolio now that the Toyota RAV4 EV is no longer produced. And even then, the RAV4 EV used an electric powertrain from Tesla. But that doesn’t mean Toyota isn’t giving up on electric vehicles. It has formed a relationship with Mazda on electric vehicle development and is currently working on solid-state batteries that will st...

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