All around the world, the diesel engines are becoming infamous as they are more polluting and require more maintenance. On the other end Electric Vehicles are coming in and becoming more efficient ways of commuting. Companies like Volvo, Fiat Chrysler are going to cut the diesel line up for passenger vehicles after the diesel gate scam followed with low sales numbers along with the Electric vehicles revolution. Well, Porsche earlier announced that it will ditch the diesel engine in its product line up. And Now Toyota Motors Europe has finally announced in meeting with media at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show that it will phased out the diesel engines from its passenger cars in 2018. Though Toyota Motors Europe will continue diesel engines in its Land Cruisers and Hi-Lux pick-up vehicles.
The Japanese car maker claimed that the decision was taken considering the strong customer demand for the Hybrid variants of its core products. As per the Japanese manufacturer, Hybrid EV sales grew by +38% year-on-year to 406,000 units. Now Hybrid EVs represents 41% of Toyota Motors Europe total sales, with an impressive 52% in Western Europe only. In 2017 the numbers of EV sales growth were supported by Yaris Hybrid (+18%), RAV4 Hybrid (+31%) and for commercial vehicles with the new generation Hilux (+10%) and PROACE (+189%). However, the diesel passenger car share was less than 10 per cent in 2017.
Dr Johan van Zyl, President & CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said “2017 has been a very good year for us. We have exceeded 1 million sales in the current challenging market environment, ahead of our 2020 target. This great achievement is highlighted by another absolute sales record of our Hybrid EVs and shows the confidence that European customers place in our Toyota and Lexus brands. Our Hybrid EV line-up of 16 Toyota and Lexus models, the largest in the automotive sector, drove this above market sales growth. With over 74,000 sales in 2017, its highest ever, Lexus remains on track to sell 100,000 vehicles in 2020.”
Well, the Toyota Motors Europe’s decision has been appreciated by countries like Ireland. The shift from fossil fuel powered to electric vehicle is a mass change and will take a long period of time. However, these steps will surely help the planet to achieve zero emission in next few years.