CHIBA, Japan -- Toyota spent much of last year convincing the world it is serious about electric cars, outlining a bold plan for a cutting-edge EV lineup.
Now, Chairman Akio Toyoda says there is still plenty of life left in internal-combustion engines too, even in the EV age.
“There is still a role for engines as a practical means of achieving carbon neutrality,” Toyoda said Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon. “So, let us refine engine technology.”
Toyoda said new takes on the old tech will help win the war against carbon emissions while also saving jobs and preserving the smell, sound and feel that died-in-the-wool car fans crave.