For several decades, we’ve been told that the near future holds self-driving cars as a possibility. In 2023, it seems we’re much closer than ever before.
If you’re looking for an affordable new EV, you might be better off checking your local Ford dealer rather than jumping on a Tesla. Other automakers have hesitated to go up against the EV giant, but Ford is rolling the dice and banking on a high score. Tesla recently cut prices on its popular Model Y and Model 3 EV units, but Ford is doing the same with price cuts on the popular Mustang Mach-E, and more are coming. Read More
Almost every automotive company in the world is considering making an EV to rival the likes of Tesla, but Toyota, arguably the most successful car company in the world, isn’t too quick to jump on the bandwagon.
There is a reason you don’t see fully electric vehicles at Toyota Dealerships. While Toyota does well in the hybrid car market, they haven’t yet participated in the worldwide movement that is EVs. Companies such as Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, and Hyundai, for starters, are throwing themselves into making EVs like there is no tomorrow. While this seems like a noble pursuit, with EVs being better for the environment and all, there is a major flaw that not everyone is talking about. Data from Toyota has uncovered that EVs are not as good for the environment as we thought they would be. In fact, in the long run, they could cause big problems if gone unchecked, which, right now, they are.
Toyota makes some of the most impressive and reliable cars on the planet. They’ve been around for a long time and they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Let’s hope their newfound data is just as trustworthy.
The Problem With Batteries
Toyota’s chief scientist, Gill Pratt has a lot to say about EVs. While it’s fun and all to make EVs willy-nilly, Gill Pratt thinks automakers should be diversifying their energy sources, rather than all using the same kind. For starters, companies should still be trying to utilize hybrid and hydrogen energy sources.
In the long haul, batteries, particularly ones made from lithium, won’t last us forever. In fact, they might be worse for the environment than traditional combustion engines! Pratt claims that there will likely be a shortage of batteries, due to a shortage of lithium, paired with the lack of charging stations in America, which will make EV production a challenge for both companies and consumers.
Pratt also states that making so many lithium batteries for these EVs will cause more CO2 output than regular production already does. These are the things consumers don’t know.
Toyota does have plans to make an EV, though. It’s been announced that Toyota will release a sedan-sized EV for the Chinese automotive market. This car is unlikely to reach global appeal, and Toyota seems fine with that, anyways. While they are in the works for an EV, Toyota doesn’t seem too interested in making one for the world.
Toyota wants to hold out, see what happens, and then decide what they will do. As a seasoned company in the global automotive market, Toyota isn’t too hurried or desperate. Will there ever be a fully electric vehicle in American Toyota dealerships? Maybe in the future, but right now Toyota wants to stick to its guns, which is making reliable cars and trusting its process. You can still find hybrids made by Toyota, but you’ll have to wait for an EV.
When it comes to being held accountable, leave it to the Germans to make it happen. The Tesla Autopilot System has underdelivered and overpromised the wrong crowd this time. While we in the US have gotten used to being lied to and promised a bill of goods that seems to be no more than a hope. Tesla has lost in the courts in Germany because of claims made that its Autopilot System would be much better than it is. Read More
While we seem to have more quality vehicle choices now than ever before, some car brands are still having trouble getting it right.
While you can find some impressive models from these brands, you will want to consider other brands in the same class. Consumer Reports has created a list of the least reliable brands for the 2018 model year to help you when you’re shopping for the vehicle you want to drive.
When you’re looking for the right way to gauge whether or not a business is being paid the attention it deserves, social media is offering us a way to define and measure the popularity of a brand. As this area of the internet has grown and nearly every person, company or entity is making use of some form of a social media platform to share ideas and events that occur in the world. Automakers are now making use of social media and the metrics offered that can be measured to find out how popular their brands are. With that in mind, these are the topmost loved brand on social media right now:
The news has been rampant that Tesla continues to be the brand that has trouble filling and meeting production needs and goals. When the Model 3 was first shown by Elon Musk and the world rushed to the computers to place the $1,000 reserve for this car, the promise was that we would see this car and be able to drive it in 2017. While the car did show up in the latter half of the 2017 calendar year, it’s a far cry from being a success considering the production delays associated with this new small EV sedan. Read More
If you’re operating a company and are working hard to break into an industry that’s been around for over a century one of the most important aspects of this operation is to be able to have your leadership team stay together to ensure the success of your company and help you enter that market successfully. What you don’t want is to continually see your employees, especially your leadership, move on to other ventures or leave for personal reasons to seek out and take their expertise to other parts of the market that you’re trying to break into. Read More