Toyota takes a dig at Tesla
THE trade journal Ward’s Auto reports Toyota’s senior vice- president for U. S. operations Bob Carter dissing Tesla during ad hoc comments he made at the J. D. Power Automotive Summit in San Francisco last week.
In the U. S., meanwhile, Toyota has now logged 16 000 “hand- raisers”, or consumers who have signed up to learn more about the Mirai — which will go on sale during the second half of this year.
With regard to electriccar maker Tesla, however, Carter said he had been “disappointed” in comments by CEO Elon Musk that hydrogen- powered cars should be called “fool- cell vehicles”.
“If I had all my eggs in one basket,” Ward’s reports him saying, “I might be making the same comments.”
In his published remarks, which did not contain the Tesla criticism, Carter also said of the fuel- cell car: “In reality, Mirai IS an electric vehicle. But the electricity is produced onboard … versus off the grid.”
And, he added, “In other words … the Toyota Fuel Cell System in the new Mirai … is simply … a better battery.”