Toyota
dealers are just fine with hybrids, but they're not quite ready for electric vehicles.

That's the gist of a new survey from AutoRetailNet, which found that most Toyota dealers think the Japanese automaker made the right decision to delay any kind of largescale launch of its Scion iQ electric vehicle, because of what's perceived to be limited sales potential.

About 85 percent of those dealers said EVs are more than five years away from generating substantial sales, according to Plug In Cars. And more than eight in 10 said Toyota was right to delay mass production of the Scion iQ EV. Still, almost two-thirds thought the EV would be produced in the future.

Toyota said last month that it would make only about 100 iQ EVs in the U.S. and Japan, a smaller batch than what was previously planned.


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      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure they'd be ready to sell them if: 1. It had a range of 150+ miles 2. The battery had a lifespan of 150k+ miles with full range and 3. It cost less than $20,000
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      Price is way, way too high.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      ION, Toyota turned on their Torrence fuel cell today. "TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 – Furthering its commitment to alternative energy and the environment, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) activated today a new 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator on the Torrance headquarters campus. The fuel cell will supply approximately half of the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand, while producing zero emissions. Designed and built by Ballard Power Systems, the proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stationary fuel cell is the largest PEM fuel cell of its kind. The fuel cell is powered by hydrogen gas fed directly from a pre-existing industrial hydrogen pipeline, also a first for this technology. This direct power source allows Toyota to reduce utility grid electricity usage during peak power demand. The same hydrogen pipeline also supplies a hydrogen filling station adjacent to the TMS campus used to fuel Toyota’s and other manufacturers fuel cell hybrid vehicle fleets." http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+powers+hydrogen+fuel+cell+generator.htm Kudos to Toyota for embracing a clean energy source to power their facilities!
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why even bother when the Smart ForTwo ED is available and superior in just about every way IMO... oh, and you can own one too.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Except in number of seats and cargo space.... Oh, and making generalizations isn't the best, but in terms of quality, Toyota>Mercedes
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          My bad, I forgot these were 2+2, and I do agree with that quality statement too.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        The Smart ForTwo ED is not available yet. But it will it will probably have a better price since this Toyota may be nothing but a compliance car.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shocking news! OTOH, it's hard to see how a well-priced eQ (with Active TMS) could undersell the Lexus HS.
      Zapbrannigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the Rav 4 EV on sale yet?
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zapbrannigan
        RAV4 EV is currently only available at 55 dealerships in California. http://www.toyota.com/rav4ev/
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hard to blame them for not being excited about selling a low profit margin car that will need very little follow-on maintenance. But then again . . . . they'll lose sales to Nissan, GM, Tesla, and others then.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota is an irresponsable car compagny. All their cars run on gasoline which is costly and polluting and also it slow the car because it add weight and you have to stop quite often for 5 to 10 minutes to refuel, also it wear the tires faster as the added weight from gasoline wear the tires and the added distance needed to go the the fuel station. They tried hybrids but it add to the cost of the car. Their battery scion iq is no more efficient then the leaf. Their formula one cars from the past never win any events and had the same fueling problem as other cars. Now they say that they will sell hydrogen cars in 2015 but they are cluless about where and how and at what cost we will put hydrigen into these cars.
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ya can't sell 'em if you don't got 'em.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is why my next vehicle will not be a Toyota. Btw I own a prius, but my next vehicle will have a plug and be able to manage more than 11 miles on electric power. The tesla powered Rav4 EV sounds great, but they are only making 2k units per year for California. Toyota is the new GM(the GM that killed EV1).
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Toyota is not interested in EVs, just wants every car to be some flavor of their HSD, that's all.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart move by the dealers. Toyota has spent 12+ years telling people they don't have to plug in their cars (hybrids). The dealers are in the business to make money, not social policy.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the electrical thing with Toyota. They are making 90(!) of them, but you CAN'T ACTUALLY BUY THEM, or lease them, but if you are lucky, you might rent one, or, look at it, really quickly, then turn your head away! 'Look, see, it moved.' 'No it didn't, you just poked it with a stick. 'No I didn't.'
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