Ogiso spent many years in Toyota working with hybrids and fuel cell cars. He now says that hybrids have reached cost parity with diesel cars.
But what is interesting is that he admits that some electric cars are already cheaper to build than hybrids.
“The cost of pure electric depends very much on range. Up to 250 km (155 mile) range, battery-electric vehicles already can be built for less money than hybrids. However, the market generally wants more range. With a range above 300 km (186 mile) a battery-electric vehicle will remain more expensive at least through 2025.”
Considering that Toyota already sell the Yaris Hybrid in Germany for 14.300 €, I would rather have a Toyota Yaris EV with 250 km range for the same price. Even if that range is in the optimistic NEDC. By increasing the availability of public chargers, price gets even more important than range. But more range could always be optional with a bigger battery capacity.
What Ogiso now admits, well informed electric car’s supporters already knew. This is why the Hyundai IONIQ’s prices are a scam. In Germany the electric version costs 9.400 € more than the hybrid.
While Ogiso tried to push hybrid cars with what he said, to me only it proves that the current technology is more than capable to make BEVs mainstream. If automakers prefer to sell polluting cars, governments have the duty to make these polluting cars harder and harder to sell, to a point that automakers decide they don’t worth it and switch to BEVs.
What about you? Would you be interested in a Toyota Yaris EV with “only” 250 km range if it costed 15.000 €?