A lack of resources means battery electric vehicles (BEV) cannot be the auto sector’s only answer to climate change, Toyota Motor Corp’s top scientist said Thursday, warning that focusing on BEVs could lead some drivers to hold onto polluting vehicles.
Gill Pratt, chief executive of the Toyota Research Institute, told reporters that BEVs could make a positive difference in reducing climate change in countries such as Norway, which has a lot of renewable infrastructure.
But in other parts of the world, where coal is still used to produce power, hybrids were better for CO2 emissions, he added.
On that last point, 99% of electricity in Norway comes from abundant, inexpensive and reliable hydropower. Most countries and most areas do not have such easily available clean electricity generation – a major point missed by numerous social media influencers who point to Norway has having the highest EV sales in the world. Additionally, Norway has generous tax benefits, even access to car pool lanes and others at a discount for EVs – they are heavily subsidized.