Greenpeace puts Toyota last among automakers in the EV race

Greenpeace puts Toyota last among automakers in the EV race


  • This is the second year in a row that it has ranked last.

  • GM ranks first.

It’s somewhat surprising to see Toyota again in last place in this study, but let’s be clear about one thing about this report: it doesn’t take into account the overall fuel efficiency of the fleet. Greenpeace’s conclusions relate to three specific issues, including the phasing out of internal combustion engines. As we know, Toyota remains heavily invested in hybrid technology which, by default, involves an internal combustion engine.

Two other areas that automakers are evaluating are supply chain decarbonization and resource reduction and efficiency. When these three factors are considered, General Motors leads the 2022 Automotive Environmental Guide study for its carbon reduction efforts, with electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for less than 8.2% of total sales.

2022 Automotive Environmental Guide| Photo: Greenpeace

Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen take the next two stages of the podium respectively for their efforts. Interestingly, just ahead of Toyota in 10th place are Honda and Nissan (9th and 8th), both of which fell three points this year compared to the 2021 survey.

What hurt Toyota’s ranking was its sales, again according to Greenpeace criteria. “In 2021, 499 out of 500 cars sold by Toyota ran on fossil fuel – a very high rate,” Ada Kong, Greenpeace East Asia project manager, according to Aljazeera.

Despite these results, Toyota is investing heavily in EVs, having outlined its plans last March.

Despite being behind in the EV market, Toyota is leading the way in solid-state battery development