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Visiting the Toyota Showroom in Tokyo and the Future of Electric Vehicles
Intro CopyI’ve always had a love for Japan. And I’ve always loved cars. So, there's no doubt when I visit Japan, I check out the MEGA WEB Toyota theme park in Odaiba. It's a massive museum and Toyota showroom featuring concept cars, race cars and test rides. It is located in Tokyo Bay and accessed via Japan's Rainbow Bridge. I’ve been traveling to Japan since 2014 and I’ve visited the same showroom, only this time it was different. There were about 60 cars on display and several of them were hybrid or electric. The global competition for electric vehicles is charging up. Japan is aiming for all new passenger cars to be electric by 2050. Tesla has dominated the U.S. market, but companies such as Volvo, Jaguar, Toyota and others have plans to phase out gas-powered vehicles. Subsidies are also helping to make vehicles more affordable. Electric vehicles are part of the changing landscape of the automotive industry and from what I saw in the showroom, Toyota is focusing on sustainability.