In a new conversation with Wards Auto, Toyota’s general manager of powertrain reiterated the company’s stance that “hybrids will come ahead of full electrics,” citing the price and quality of batteries involved in EVs as an explanatory factor. Toyota has launched an electric vehicle in China, but the company’s 2030 sales projections put conventional hybrids strongly ahead of PHEVs and EVs.
The automaker is not completely dissuaded by electric vehicles, with the GM of powertrain Shizuo Abe expressing the company’s interest in solid state batteries, a technological successor to today’s lithium-ion batteries. Solid state batteries are expected to be market ready by 2030. Read more.