Most Western European government are legislating in this direction, so Toyota’s announcement should be view with this in mind. There is nothing revolutionary here. If they want to sell vehicles in Europe, they will need to comply.

Putting profits ahead of the climate and people’s health, Toyota has not committed to abandoning gasoline cars, arguing some regions are not ready for the switch to EVs.

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By 2030, at least half of Toyota’s model mix will be zero emission, including electric vehicles (EV) and hydrogen fuel cell cars, Toyota said in a press release on Thursday.

Toyota, like other car makers, is releasing a slew of electric cars to meet tougher emission regulations in key markets such as Western Europe.

Unlike some auto companies, however, it has not committed to abandoning gasoline cars altogether, arguing that some regions are not yet ready for a switch to EVs or other alternative propulsion technologies.

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