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Toyota, Honda, Nissan trail Tesla and BYD in global EV race: report

Japanese 'laggards' lack robust targets and investment plans, ICCT says

Every automaker has work to do on electric vehicles, but Japan's top players are "laggards," the International Council on Clean Transportation says.   © Reuters

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Japanese automakers received the lowest marks on their shift to electric vehicles in a report out Wednesday, trailing leaders Tesla and BYD by wide margins.

Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, Nissan Motor, Mazda Motor and Suzuki Motor were all deemed "laggards" -- the worst of the three grades -- in the overall ranking of the Global Automaker Rating 2022 report from the International Council on Clean Transportation, the U.S.-based nonprofit organization whose research played a key role in the 2015 scandal involving Volkswagen's faked diesel emissions tests.

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