Target: Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota
Goal: Make it easier to buy electric vehicles.
Only one of the 10 states that have Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) has made it easy to find and purchase an electric vehicle, according to a multi-state study done by Rev Up EV’s. California is that one state because California’s Air Resources Board made it so that automakers had to sell an increased number of electric vehicles between now and 2025. The other nine states that have ZEVs don’t have the same sort of urgency for selling electric vehicles, which needs to change. Demand that the world’s largest automaker, Toyota, implement a policy to make finding and purchasing electric vehicles much easier for the general public.
The study done by Rev Up EV’s found that researchers were two and a half times more likely to not find a single EV on a dealership lot as they were in California, meaning that electric vehicles are virtually impossible to find in dealerships located in other states. Researchers also found that dealerships that did have electric vehicles on the lot would have salespersons that would either not mention the tax credits you receive to lower the car’s price or not explain how to refuel the car while traveling. Furthermore, dealerships would reportedly put the ZEVs in a hard to find spot on the lot or not prominently display them. It seems that there is almost a concerted effort to keep the public away from electric vehicles.
Sign this petition to demand that Toyota put forth efforts to promote ZEVs for consumers, making it easier for them to find and purchase these environmentally-friendly cars.
Dear Mr. Toyoda,
It seems that everyone in the auto industry, from the manufacturers all the way down to the salespersons, are seriously lacking the effort to promote the benefits of EVs for the public and the environment. It’s clear now, as we move away from fossil fuels, that electric vehicles are the transportation of the future. So it’s time that automakers actually put a legitimate effort forward to promote the electric vehicles that they have.
Toyota is the largest auto manufacturer in the world and has the money and power to make electric vehicles a social norm, rather than something seen as political or something that “liberals” drive. All major scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat to our planet and that we need to act immediately in order to secure a livable planet in 100 years. Electric vehicles are one of the first ways that we can promote a positive change to reverse the impact of climate change.
It’s about time that Toyota, and automakers alike, step up to the plate and put forth a legitimate effort to push electric vehicles as the primary vehicle choice for consumers in this country and across the globe. So far California seems to be the only one doing a good job at making them available, but this doesn’t go far enough as California is just one state. We demand that Toyota make electric vehicles more available to car dealerships and consumers all across America.
[Your Name Here]
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