Toyota looks to scrap most gas vehicles by 2050

But electric cars aren't part of their vision

In its push to slash average emissions by 90 percent of its 2010 levels, Toyota looks to scrap most traditional gas cars by 2050.

Hybrids and fuel cells would dominate their production lines.

Some gasoline engine cars would remain in less developed markets, but only in small numbers, senior managing officer Kiyotaka Ise said.

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Hybrids switch back and forth between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver an efficient ride.

The Toyota Prius, which went on sale in 1997, is the top-selling hybrid, with about 4 million sold globally so far. Toyota is promising to develop a hybrid version in every category, including usually gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles, as well as luxury models.

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Fuel cells run on hydrogen and are zero-emissions. Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell went on sale late last year. Toyota has received 1,500 orders for the Mirai in Japan, and it just went on sale in the U.S. and Europe.

Electric cars, however, aren’t part of their vision. Toyota said they take too long to recharge, despite battery innovations that have made them smaller, restricting them for short-range travel in cities.

Tatsuo Yoshida, senior analyst at Barclays Securities Japan in Tokyo, said Toyota’s goals weren’t far-fetched.

“The internal combustion engine is developing and metamorphosing into hybrids,” he said. “Toyota has been working on this technology for a long time. When officials speak out like this, it means they are 120 percent confident this is their scenario.”



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