While the Japanese automaker has a clear path towards electrification – and was one of the first manufacturers to present it – it’s still a bold assumption to believe the internal combustion engine will die out in such a short span of time.
For example, Toyota has command of around 12 percent of the U.S. new car market and another four of the European, but globally already delivers 43 percent of all electrified vehicles on the planet. So, its assumption that ICE will die by 2050 might be true – though we would narrow it down to their own range alone, for now. This bold assumption comes from Seigo Kuzumaki, the head of advanced R&D and engineering at the company, who thinks this will come from increasingly stricter emission regulations, which in turn will force them to deliver even more electric cars.
“We expect that by 2050 we will have reduced CO2 emissions from vehicles by 90 percent compared to the figure in 2010,” Kuzumaki said in a recent media interview. “To achieve that, from 2040 simple internal combustion engined cars will not be made, but they may be the basis of some hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars.” Toyota is looking to add to its range its first fully electric battery cars by the end of the decade, with lithium batteries inside and a good range of approximately 300 miles per charge. For them it will only be a step though, because by the early 2020s, the automaker wants to deliver in series production new, solid state batteries. “We hold more patents on solid state batteries than any other company,” Kuzumaki explained. “We are getting close to developing cars using the technology, and we believe that we will be ahead of our rivals in achieving that.”