Toyota engineer pans battery-electric cars image

According to a senior engineering official working for Japan’s Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, battery-driven electric cars will not reach mainstay when it comes to filling the gap for long range drives.

Electrics powered by batteries will not become a practical choice when it comes to long-drive hauls instead of internal combustion-powered models even if there is some kind of technological breakthrough to introduce very quick charging capabilities, commented Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai. Electric proponents that favor battery-power have long touted the development and introduction of high-speed charging technology to increase the competence of cars such as Nissan’s Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric auto. Tanaka believes that if such a system would exist it would require so much power at once that its ecological purpose would be instantly killed. “If you were to charge a car in 12 minutes for a range of 500 km (310 miles), for example, you’re probably using up electricity required to power 1,000 houses. “That totally goes against the need to stabilize electricity use on the grid,” claimed Tanaka in front of select members of the media called at the first ever test-drive of the Mirai, the globe’s only mass-market fuel-cell car.

Numerous automakers have started to promote the need for electric cars, but customers remain unconvinced because of the long downtimes required for charging. The Nissan Leaf for example, which only gives the user an 84 miles range on a single charge, then needs around eight hours to reach 100 percent capacity using a standard 200-volt outlet.

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