Electric cars are still “too expensive” for normal consumers, Toyota exec says – rpmGo.com



As you all know, the Frankfurt Motor Show is in full swing these days in the German city, giving the chance to many car makers to unveil new models, concepts and pave the way for the future. A future, if we consider a few new interesting concepts, will be electric, with models like the Audi e-Tron leading the way to both performance and mainstream acceptance of electric-powered cars and zero emissions.

But we still have a long way to go, at least according to Toyota executive vice president Takeshi Uchiyamada, which revealed that for the time being, electric cars are still too expensive and can’t be adopted by regular car fans.

“Electric vehicles of today are less costly than in 1990s, but if you compare them with the other vehicles out there they are still too expensive,” said Uchiyamada at the Frankfurt Motor Show. “Unless there is a very big breakthrough in battery costs I don’t think electric vehicles can take a large market share.”

He completed his statement by saying that while testing feasible alternatives to regular cars, research which eventually led to the large fleet of hybrid cars, led by the popular Prius, his company realized that at least for now, all-electric-powered cars can be saved for fiction.

While you can’t doubt that Toyota holds the whole eco movement in its hand thanks to its hybrids, there are plenty of other alternatives, which are being supported. Whether it will be hybrid, electrical or even hydrogen-powered, the future for car makers will be a pretty bright one, albeit a tad limited in terms of fuel economy, thanks to president Obama.

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Source: Jalopnik

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