Because in Japan electric cars put jobs and exports at risk

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has many doubts about the future of electric cars insurance . The manager, who is often critical of battery car technology , addressed the Japanese government directly in the field for a real crusade against CO2 emissions . Japan has in fact committed itself, by 2050, to achieving climate neutrality .

Akio Toyoda expressed his doubts at a meeting of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). The manager, in the institutional role of President of the association, defined the ambitious climate objectives on which Japan is working in the wake of the decisions taken by the European Union as unsustainable . As we know, the EU will block the marketing of cars with internal combustion engines from 2035 .

The sustainability of electric cars

The decision to focus on electric cars could cost Japan, by 2030 , as many as 5.5 million jobs and an estimated production cut of 8 million units . In light of these numbers, for Toyoda it would result in very serious damage to the economy of the entire country.

“Japan is an export-dependent country ,  Toyoda said, quoted by Auto News. «Climate neutrality is linked in Japan to the issue of employment . 

Toyoda’s vision of the future of mobility

Toyoda pointed out that Japan produces around 10 million vehicles per year, 50% of which are exported. Forecasts estimate that by 2030 the Japanese auto industry is expected to continue producing 8 million vehicles a year with combustion engines . Counting in this number also the hybrids in mild, full and PHEV declinations.

“Blocking thermal engines means giving up production of over 8 million units and the automotive industry could risk losing most of the current 5.5 million jobs, “ continues Toyoda. “If they say combustion engines are the enemy , we wouldn’t be able to produce hardly any vehicles in the near future . 

Not surprisingly, Akio Toyoda’s position on hybrid engines . As we know, Toyota has been investing for over 25 years in this technology which is now present across the board on almost all of its models in the range .

Toyoda, also quoted by Auto News, therefore remains of the idea that hybrid cars represent an important bridge technology towards electric vehicles and are particularly important in all those markets without a capillary infrastructure for charging electric cars. The manager then stressed that the hybrid engines , by retaining the mechanical component linked to the heat engine, will allow to reduce polluting emissions while at the same time alleviating the employment impact of the transition to battery-powered mobility.