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Toyota Proposes Plan to Swap Out Engines for Eco-Friendly Alternatives

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Toyota, the Japanese automaker, has announced a plan to swap out the engines of existing cars with more environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as fuel cells and electric motors. The goal of this plan is to speed up the global shift towards eco-friendly vehicles.

“I don’t want to leave any car lover behind,” said Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda speaking at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Chiba, Japan on Friday. Toyoda emphasized that Toyota still has the resources and expertise to remain a dominant player in the green vehicle market. He did acknowledge, however, that it would take a while for all vehicles to be completely emissions-free. According to the CEO, upgrading older cars with new technology is an efficient solution.

Toyoda also sought to dispel the notion that green cars are less exciting to drive than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. To demonstrate Toyota’s commitment to the “conversion” strategy, he showcased battery-electric and hydrogen-powered versions of the Toyota AE86 series, including the Toyota Corolla Levin.

As the automotive industry undergoes a major transformation due to concerns about climate change, automakers face increasing pressure to reduce their environmental impact. Toyoda said that while many countries are beginning to appreciate the auto industry’s progress towards becoming more eco-friendly, Japan has yet to recognize the value of these efforts.

“We want to show the world that green cars can be exciting to drive and that upgrading older cars with new technology is an efficient solution,” said Toyoda. “We want to lead the way in the global shift towards eco-friendly vehicles.”

This announcement from Toyota comes at a time when the world is looking to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and transition to cleaner energy sources. With this plan, Toyota is positioning itself at the forefront of the green vehicle market and setting an example for other automakers to follow.