A scientist has warned drivers that switching to an electric vehicle may not solve all of the planet’s emissions problems. He added that “hype closes the mind,” causing other areas of automotive research to be overlooked.
Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said: car that “hype” rather than science is pushing the automotive world toward electric-powered vehicles.
Mr Pratt said: “Of course nobody needs to take me seriously.
“But what I’m trying to do is be as factual and as scientific as possible and talk about all the different sides of the issue.
“What I’ve learned is that hype is the enemy.
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Mr Pratt also pointed out that the production of lithium-ion batteries is not without consequences.
According to the expert, they are made from ‘weird, minded materials’.
Motors, on the other hand, are made with more common materials, Mr Pratt added.
In addition, the scientist emphasized that plug-in vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BV) are not as far apart as previously thought.
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“I’d rather see the technologies that make the most difference to the planet available and the technologies that can make the most difference to the planet be explored with potential for real-world application.”
Mr Pratt continued: “We need to have an answer that reduces as much CO2 emissions as possible, depending on the challenges of the region, and that adapts as the answers change over time.
“That’s why BEVs are not the right answer for the whole world right now.
“They are for certain parts of the world, but not everywhere.
“It is true that everyone should be ambitious.
“But zero tailpipe emissions doesn’t mean zero emissions.
“What about the infrastructure? What about power generation? What about the availability of raw materials?”