The Tokyo Motor Showis a case study in the electric car split. Some companies, like Nissan are trumpeting future EV models and talking about the coming age of electric vehicles. Heck, CEO Carlos Ghosn, echoing his comments in Frankfurt, Germany has used the Tokyo Show to announce Infiniti will have an electric model here in the U.S. In the next couple of years. Compare that with the very cautious approach at Toyota and Honda.
In the last couple days both companies unveiled electric cars and talked about the future of EVs. Aah, but unlike Carlos Ghosn, the executives at Toyota and Honda are much more cautious about the future demand for going green. In short, they question how many people will want to drive and electric car, and where they'll drive those vehicles.
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Toyota president Takeshi Uchiyamada said, "I think electricity will play a part but the cost and performance of the battery is insufficient in the lithium ion batteries available today. That's why we think short-distance electric cars will be popular at first. Even then, we don't think they will replace all the cars in side the cities today." That's a polite way of saying; you'll see a smattering of electric cars here and there- mainly urban areas- but don't expect a huge presence of electric cars on the road for many years.