Subaru, Mazda, and Toyota said no to all an EV future.

Subaru, Mazda, and Toyota said no to all an EV future.

05 December 2021 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Toyota Mazda, Subaru

It's not a coincidence if these three Japanese manufacturers are mentioned together in this title. Toyota and Subaru worked on many projects together, such as the GR86 and the BRZ, but their latest common project is the bZ4X and the Solterra, which are two electric vehicles interestingly. Mazda and Toyota also worked together on some projects, so it makes total sense that they go in the same direction. Unlike most manufacturers, Subaru, Mazda, and Toyota Don't seem to be as excited about electrification for most vehicles, and I have to admit I'm a bit on their side. For me, the combustion engine is still the heart of a car, and it's the main reason why they've been so popular in the last century. Of course, there's some space for electric vehicles too, but I think the combustion engine will never die, and I'm not the only one.


You see, Subaru, Mazda, and Toyota are The only manufacturers that think like that. Bentley, Porsche, and many others are thinking the same. In fact, Porsche is even looking to buy our Formula One team right now in order to make the promotion of its new biofuel, which could replace the current petrol. Can you imagine a world where you could still go to any gas station in the world put gas in your car without producing any gas emissions? Well, that's Porsche's vision, and this is more likely to happen. Numerous tests already have been done, and this new biofuel could easily replace petrol-based fuel. The only problem is this new biofuel takes time to produce and can be produced in only a few places in the world. So this is a challenge now to find a place and a way to produce more of it so we can replace petrol-based fuel. 


Equal electric green, right?


Some people think that because driving electric cars they help the environment, and this might be true if you live somewhere to like Quebec where the electricity is produced with the hydroelectric factory. This makes sense because it's clean electricity. However, somewhere else in the world, electricity is produced by coal factories or even nuclear factories, which is not having green. Still, the electricity itself is only a part of the problem. You see, everything starts with the production of an electric vehicle and especially the batteries. They require some elements that are really hard to find and cost a lot of money to extract, but not only that because the extraction itself causes a lot of pollution. Oh, and I forgot to tell you about recycling because, yes, batteries are not made to last forever, neither has the vehicle itself. So, if you consider everything from the very beginning of the extraction of material up to the recycling of the electric vehicle and its life after being a vehicle, they are far from being as green as gas cars. I know it doesn't seem to make any sense, but that's what it is. 


After saying this, some people will say that I'm an anti-electric vehicle, but it's not the case. Don't get me wrong because I drove a lot of vehicles in my journalist career, and electric vehicles are among my favorite ones. Also, I'm even considering purchasing a plug-in hybrid as my next personal vehicle. However, if you ask me what my dream vehicle would be, and I'm sorry to say that, but it would be a big gas engine and a manual transmission, which are two things you don't find in any electric vehicle. Well, up to this point, at least.


In my opinion, there is enough space on the market for every kind of motorization. In a perfect world, you would be able to choose between a regular gas vehicle and I Bradley call I plug it a hybrid vehicle or a fully electric vehicle. And why not any other source of energy because there might be some very good solution we haven't found yet. 


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Bentley, Mazda, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier