The Toyota car boycott movement or action emerged in the United States because it was considered to be deliberately slowing the progress and production of electric cars. According to Electric, the boycott was initiated by the founder of the Plug-In America Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Paul Scott.
In this action, Paul Scott asked all Americans to stop buying Toyota cars. This was requested because Toyota seemed to deliberately suppress the acceleration of electric cars in Uncle Sam’s country. Not only from internal policies, but Toyota has also slowed down by conducting special lobbying with the United States government regarding electric cars.
“Toyota deserves a boycott because they still want us to depend on gasoline,” said Paul Scott.
Paul Scott is not alone, recently as many as 15 NGOs concerned with the environment asked to meet with Toyota North America President and CEO Tetsuo Ogawa. They wanted to confirm Toyota’s turning a blind eye to the development of pure electric cars. In addition, they want to confirm steps Toyota has lobbied the United States government to reduce the incentives given to electric cars.
“Their move to the government actually makes us move away from the vision to create a better environment. We want Toyota to provide full support and policies for pure electric cars,” he explained.
Currently, Toyota seems to be holding back in the production of electric cars. When world car companies are competing to make electric cars, Toyota is even more focused on making hybrid cars that still depend on gasoline. Currently, they only have one electric car, the Toyota BZ4X. It’s still in concept form. The only electric car that they made in production was actually present under another name, namely the Lexus UX300e.