Greenies to boycott Toyota for slowing EV transition

Greenies to boycott Toyota for slowing EV transition

Environmentalists are calling for people to boycott Toyota for seemingly using its money and influence to slow down the electric vehicle (EV) progress. According to Electrek, while other automakers have doubled down on their EV transformation, Toyota staunchly stood by its hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.

The automaker was accused of actively slowing down the collective EV progress through lobbying efforts. For example, in the US, it is opposing the newly announced federal EV incentive programme form, which removes the limit on the number of vehicles per manufacturer that benefit from incentives. The incentives come in the form of discounts, which are passed on to customers as savings.

Toyota claimed to have opposed the reform on the grounds that EV unions get to make extra money, but apparently, Toyota has lobbied with the US government against the new policy even before a union bonus was involved.

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In a separate matter, Toyota took sides with the Trump administration in a lawsuit to stop California from imposing its own emissions standards that were to be stricter than existing federal ones. It dropped out of the lawsuit when president Joe Biden took over the White House.

Angered environmentalists are calling people to boycott the brand because it “doesn’t want to see reason.” Leading the boycott effort is Paul Scott, founder of EV advocacy group Plug In America. He recently staged a protest at Toyota’s Santa Monica office.

“The climate clock is ticking and we have to start hitting polluters where it counts – in the money. I worked at an EV dealership, although it wasn’t Toyota, and I can tell you that this is our best chance for change, alongside federal legislation. Car sales people loathe losing a single sale and they hate bad publicity. Toyota deserves every bit of it because they are keeping us addicted to gasoline,” Scott said.

On September 21, about 15 environmentalist groups joined forces to sign a letter addressed to Toyota, requesting for a sit-down with Toyota Motor North America president and CEO Tetsuo Ogawa to discuss the matter.

“Unfortunately, Toyota’s efforts to lobby Congress to steer away from this vision and pressure members of Congress to reduce funding and oppose tax credits for Americans’ access to zero-emission EVs are putting our nation’s and the world’s transportation and climate future at risk.”

“As a collective group of organisations concerned about the tremendous consequences of such action, we ask Toyota not to stand in the way of Congressional funding of the president’s vision. Instead, we urge you to fully support battery electric vehicle investments in all modes of transportation, and in all related zero-emission EV charging and other infrastructure needs,” the letter read.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:02 am

    What they did not know is that the batteries are an environment hazard when it’s time to dispose them and the electric used to power those EVs are still coming from coal power plants in certain parts of the world.

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    • a n k on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Emissions on the road may be zero but not elsewhere.

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    • Green on Sep 23, 2021 at 1:03 pm


      Most important is Carbon Neutral
      Fully Electric is Not Good Enough to Achieve True Carbon Neutrality.

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    • Dylan on Sep 23, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      It’s like 2007 and the iPhone. Everyone was dismissive of the phone and look at where we are today.

      It can pan out the same for Toyota and hydrogen.

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    • Fordist on Sep 23, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Everyone is moving in a massive way towards electrification and Ford even have EV variant for a traditional gas guzzling truck that is the F150 and yet Toyota still guzzling gas like no tomorrow. Bad Toyota! Ban them!

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  • Celup King on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Habeslah Toyota! Dah terbongkar all their utter failure to innovate

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    • Oh you got be… on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks for someone for pressing thumbs up many times for this comment

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      • Why So Serious? on Sep 23, 2021 at 10:51 pm

        Toyota salesmen got so much free time when their showrooms are still closed while others have reopened. So pitiful.

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  • Roger on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:33 am

    But toyota still want to produce hydrogen technology

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  • Dong gor on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:46 am

    And how electricity is generated? More than 40% of the power is by coal… Only argument is the pollution is more controlled in specific locations.

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  • Buy other cars la FFS. People have nothing better to do.

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  • Giran on Sep 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Get rid oil countries first then only talk

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  • Not smart move by environmentalist. Should do more homework then come back.

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  • ‘Greenies’ are just a group of ‘Feel-good’ sillies. How about them looking into the debate on how batteries are disposed off in an environmentally friendly manner? So easy to call on others. No companies should conform to the popular norm, that would stifle creativity. Toyota may think hydrogen tech is the way to go instead.

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    • a n k on Sep 23, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      The bulk of the global hydrogen supply is still derived from natural gas, which is why there are petroleum companies who back fuel-cell powered EVs.

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      • Dream125 on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:11 pm

        Actually it’s 97% worldwide. Generation of hydrogen by electrolysis is uneconomical because of huge losses.

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