Now the Natural Resources Defense Council has even come out and accused the company of hypocrisy and greenwashing. They are not happy about Toyota coming out in support of the Hill-Terry bill that calls for substantially less aggressive fuel economy standards than the Senate bill that was passed last spring. The NRDC and others are starting to realize that Toyota is just another big car company and they are not special. NRDC has now launched an on-line petition to Shigeru Hayakawa, president and CEO of Toyota expressing their disappointment in their support of Hill-Terry. Most recently Tom Friedman (no fan of Detroit himself) has jumped on the Toyota-bashing bandwagon, accusing them of playing Kevorkian to the Detroit Three so that they can grab big truck market share.
General Motors might want to take note of this backlash against Toyota and back off on hyping the Volt until they are a little closer to production. It's clear that the top edge of the fence is pretty sharp and if you're not completely on the green side, you can get cut up pretty badly.
[Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, thanks to Apollo for the tip]