Japanese automakers, very cold to the electric vehicles in the past, started to talk about production of this type of cars in near future.
Beside increasingly demanding emissions control and stronger fuel economy regulations around the world, it seems that Japanese industry’s started to accept the fact the in near future buyers will be more friendly oriented to the Electric Vehicles.
Toyota Motor Corp. who was keen to develop and put in motion hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, continues innovative way of thinking. Toyota announced it will launch an “in-house venture company” next month to start developing battery-powered eco-cars.
Mazda and Subaru launching EV’s in next five years
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the company manufacturing Subaru cars says: “The overall industry is now shifting its electrification focus toward EV’s. We are in the age where we cannot just go on launching EV’s only as regulation compliance cars.”
Both Mazda and Subaru are not producing electric vehicles; Mazda will launch its firs in 2019 and Subaru two years later. Both producers are trying to find the way how to meet the goal to introduce affordable electric cars that deliver a long enough battery range to compete meaningfully with traditional gas-engine offerings.
Toyota was known as not friendly oriented to EV’s in past several years. But CEO Akio Toyoda, said earlier this month that group needs to move towards EV production, and its allowing unconventional work processes in a bid to accelerate new products and get them onto the market: “As a venture company that will specialize in its field and embrace speed in its approach to work, it is my hope that it will serve as a pulling force for innovation,” Toyoda said in the statement.
Still, Toyota remains committed to developing a range of alternative-powertrain technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which it called the “ultimate eco-car.”
“Differing energy and infrastructure issues around the world and the rapid strengthening of regulations aimed at increasing the use of zero-emission vehicles have heightened the need for product lineups that can respond to various situations,” the company said.