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Japan to Phase Out Gasoline-Powered Cars, Bucking Toyota Chief

All new vehicles must be hybrids or fully electric starting in mid-2030s, government says

TOKYO‚ÄĒJapan said it planned to stop the sale of new gaso¬≠line-pow¬≠ered cars by the mid-2030s, buck¬≠ing crit¬≠i¬≠cism by Toy¬≠ota Mo¬≠tor Corp’s chief that a rapid shift to elec¬≠tric ve¬≠hi¬≠cles could crip¬≠ple the car in¬≠dustry.

The plan re­leased Friday fol­lowed sim­i­lar moves by the state of Cal­i­for­nia and ma­jor Eu­ropean nations, but it has faced re­sis­tance from auto ex­ecu­tives in a coun­try that still makes mil­lions of cars an­nu­ally that run solely on gaso­line en­gines.

Japan would still permit the sale of hy¬≠brid gas-elec¬≠tric cars af¬≠ter 2035 un¬≠der the plan. Many mod¬≠els from Japan‚Äôs top car mak¬≠ers‚ÄĒToy¬≠ota, Honda Mo¬≠tor Co. and Nis¬≠san Mo¬≠tor Co. come in both tra¬≠di¬≠tional and hy¬≠brid ver¬≠sions.

Ear¬≠lier this month, Toy¬≠ota Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Akio Toy¬≠oda said that if Japan banned gaso¬≠line-pow¬≠ered cars and moved to elec¬≠tric ve¬≠hi¬≠cles too hastily, ‚Äúthe cur¬≠rent busi¬≠ness model of the car in¬≠dus¬≠try is go¬≠ing to col¬≠lapse.‚ÄĚ He was speak¬≠ing on be¬≠half of Ja¬≠panese auto mak¬≠ers in his role as head of a lo¬≠cal in¬≠dus¬≠try as¬≠so¬≠ci¬≠ation.

Mr. Toy­oda said the elec­tric­ity grid couldn’t han­dle ex­tra sum­mer de­mand and ob­served that most of Japan’s elec­tric­ity is gen­er­ated by burn­ing fos­sil fu­els.


Starting in mid-2030s, all new vehicles must be hybrids or fully electric, Japan’s government says

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