Geared to green
BMW, Daimler and Toyota are the car makers most likely to thrive on the shift to more sustainable transportation, while Subaru and Fiat-Chrysler are the worst-placed, according to Carbon Disclosure Project research. The CDP ranked responses from 16 companies based on progress on emissions standards, plus self-driving and renewable energy strategies and incentives to lower carbon emissions.
“The automotive sector is reaching a tipping point, facing disruptive forces from advanced vehicles and autonomous, shared driving,” says the CDP. “OEMs face challenges from tech players and profits are shifting towards tech/software suppliers and ridesharing services.
Separately, Mazda has stated that it isn’t rushing into electric vehicles, reckoning instead that boosting fossil fuel engine technology means that the world will not need a mass rollout of EVs.
The company points out that electric cars may be more polluting if power is not obtained from clean sources.
“As long as conventional vehicles truly comply with regulations, electric cars won’t be needed to solve environmental issues,” Mitsuo Hitomi, head of Mazda’s technical research centre, told Bloomberg.