Toyota, Mazda, Subaru pledge to continue using internal combustion engines in effort to achieve carbon neutrality

Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota have recently made a joint commitment to develop new engines in order to reduce the carbon footprint of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. While many other automakers are transitioning to fully electric lineups, these Japanese brands are focusing on hybridization and carbon-neutral fuels to optimize their engines with electric motors, drive units, and batteries.

Their decision to continue investing in ICE technology is based on a deep understanding of their customers’ diverse lifestyles and preferences. They believe that there is still a future for ICE vehicles in a world rapidly transitioning to electric power. In their pursuit of carbon neutrality, they plan to revolutionize engine packaging with more compact engines, leading to smaller vehicles, better aerodynamics, and improved fuel efficiency while still meeting stringent emissions regulations.

Moreover, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota are not limiting themselves to solely petrol-fueled engines. They are also exploring alternative fuels such as biofuels, synthetic e-fuels, and hydrogen. The goal is to offer customers exciting cars that are tailored for the electrification era while expanding the possibilities for achieving carbon neutrality.

Mazda President and CEO Masahiro Moro emphasized the importance of honing internal combustion engines for the electrification era, while Subaru President and CEO Atsushi Osaki highlighted the use of carbon-neutral fuels in the future. Toyota President and CEO Koji Sato described their plans as “friendly competition” and stressed the need to evolve engines to align with the energy environment of the future.

Despite their commitment to improving ICE technology, Toyota is also heavily investing in electric vehicles. The company aims to launch at least 30 new electric models by 2030 and sell 3.5 million EVs globally each year. However, smaller cars like the Aygo will not transition to electric power due to the high cost of batteries.

Overall, the collaborative effort of Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota to develop new engines and explore alternative fuels demonstrates a proactive approach towards environmental sustainability. By offering customers diverse options to achieve carbon neutrality, these brands are paving the way for a greener future in the automotive industry.

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