Toyota is responsible for the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle: the Prius. Since the debut of the first Prius in 2007, the automaker has grown leaps and bounds in terms of its efforts to manufacture and market hybrid and fully electric vehicles. As the second-largest EV manufacturer — behind only Tesla — Toyota has plans to produce 3.5 million electric vehicles by 2030. Despite its extensive background and position in the hybrid and EV market, some environmentalists still criticize the auto giant for treading lightly in terms of investing entirely in 100% electric vehicles. Toyota, however, stands behind its belief that although electric vehicles are one way to become carbon neutral, they are not the only way — and for many consumers, they are not the most practical or affordable way, either. The company has mentioned e-fuels and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as some of its potential ventures.
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