October 21, 2015

DADDY, WHAT WERE CARS?:

The Road Ahead: Toyota Sees Gas Engine Cars Gone By 2050 (Tesla's Already There) (Brooke Crothers, 10/21/15, Forbes)

This past week Toyota said it plans to all but eliminate gasoline-based cars by 2050. Tesla is about 35 years ahead of that goal.

The Japanese automaker laid out it goals on Wednesday, according to a report in Nikkei, Japan's largest business daily.  The plans call for a 90 percent reduction in the company's new-car CO2 emissions by 2050. "You may think 35 years is a long time," said Senior Managing Officer Kiyotaka Ise, according to a separate AP report. "But for an automaker to envision all combustion engines as gone is pretty extraordinary."  While Toyota has been a leader in mass-produced hybrid cars (think: Prius) for almost 20 years, the company has a new sense of urgency: "the environment is deteriorating by the day," Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada explained at a briefing, according to the Nikkei report. As a result, Toyota decided that it needed to a set a "new, tougher challenge looking 20 or 30 years ahead."

Oslo aims to make city center car-free within four years (Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik, 10/22/15, Reuters)

Cars will be banned from central Oslo by 2019 to help reduce pollution, local politicians said on Monday, in what they said would be the first comprehensive and permanent ban for a European capital.

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