- Oct 8, 2011
- Toronto, NSW, Australia
Australia is now heavily under the pump to electrify everything, raising the electricity demand 10x over what it is now in the coming years, at the same time the shill of 'renewables' continues and big power stations get shut down. My workplace is next to a port from which boatloads of chinese made wind turbine parts are constantly being imported. And all solar panels and solar equipment is made in China and imported as well. Nothing is made in Australia for renewable energy systems. One guy at my work has bought a full-electric Volvo (aka Geely) XC-40 and has turned into a fully-blown EV future proselytiser.Roger that but Toyota, being an international company, has stated they will continue making IC engine vehicles for the time being and may be the last of the major manufacturers to go 100% EV.
I'm fairly sure Toyota still makes LC's with 1hz motors for some markets, and while the 79's continue, the v8 diesel continues, but Nissan already dumped diesel for the current Patrol, so Toyota will likely follow the same trajectory as dropping diesel in light (not truck) vehicles probably frees up resources to switch to EV's (noting Toyota has made the hybrid Prius for a lot of years now).
Toyota though is probably quite different to the Nissan/Puegeot/Mitsubishi conglomerate in that it is 'one entity' (for all intents and purposes, at least from the consumer perspective), so there's room in the scope for supporting older vehicles up to a point with 'factory investment'. We know Toyota like probably all auto makers has plenty of subsidiary and affiliated businesses feeding into the structure, and again Toyota might be uniquely positioned to leverage that for the HPP.
I think we're lucky as my other automotive passion - Saab's - got right royally destroyed by a big US car maker not called MG (lol) and sacrificed the Saab business it raped and pillaged for government bailout funds (so became effectively a US gov owned car company). And the OEM support for Saab is now effectively zero with the company created to do OEM parts support operating a long way away from being any sort of brand ambassador.
I don't think Toyota corporate would think like that, but then again I've never been an exec of a very large business.