Takeshi Uchiyamada

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

    Large auto companies are likely aircraft carriers: it takes a long time for them to change direction, and far longer yet to get them aligned on a new course. To various degrees, the world's carmakers have started to produce and sell vehicles that plug-in, whether for some or all of their travels. Except Toyota. The Japanese company that's not only one of the world's three largest makers but also the most profitable by far of the three has refused to develop battery-electric cars for two decades now. DON'T MISS: Toyota: 'No One Wants Us To Build Electric Cars' (Oct 2014) Toyota has firmly...

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    Plug-in hybrids to catch on more quickly than electrics: Toyota

    Toyota has been by far the most reluctant of recent converts to the idea that battery-electric vehicles might be practical and desirable. Only within the last year has the company moved past its decade-long insistence that all-electric cars were only suitable for tiny, low-range urban uses. Still...

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    Toyota Hops On the Direct Injection And Turbocharging Bandwagon

    Toyota is the latest automaker to announce it’s headed down the downsized engine path as it strives for improved fuel economy, following the likes of Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, all of which have announced similar plans in the recent past. Toyota has long been the champion of hybrid...

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