Toyota was an early leader in the mass marketing of electric and hybrid vehicles, starting with the famous Toyota Prius in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Prius was a groundbreaker in bringing hybrid and electric cars to the marketplace. However, Toyota is now one of the most high-profile companies pushing back against the rush to convert all gasoline vehicles to electric. Some states propose banning all gasoline vehicle sales by 2030 or 2035, which Toyota believes is premature. They suggest slowing down and allowing the market to naturally migrate to electric vehicles through hybrids before banning gasoline vehicles altogether.

Toyota has scientific reports and surveys showing that jumping into electric vehicles too quickly might not be the best solution. Although their executive staff has faced some criticism for their stance, they believe it is necessary to take a cautious approach. Some environmental activists have criticized Toyota, arguing that as a large car company, they should advocate for switching to EVs more quickly. 

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you believe we should switch to EVs very quickly, even if it means banning gasoline vehicles after a certain number of years? Do you think the charging network and manufacturing process are ready for this change? Do you think Toyota is correct in trying to put the brakes on this mass rush to electric vehicles, or do you think they will get left behind as other manufacturers convert to electric? It is somewhat ironic that Toyota, the manufacturer of the Toyota Prius, one of the first vehicles to be mass-produced as an electric vehicle, is now slowing down this process.