Lexus apologizes for misleading and inaccurate anti-EV, pro-hydrogen ads
The debate between hydrogen and electric vehicle proponents has been raging for quite some time, and adherents to either side know that both technologies have their pros and cons. Toyota is one automaker that has perhaps come down most strongly on the hydrogen side, and recent ads on their Lexus website made this abundantly clear. The company went so far as to provide blatant factual inaccuracies, forcing it to apologize and remove the offending videos.
The advertisements in question take a dig at electric vehicle charge times and make a curious case for hydrogen infrastructure. One video ad for Lexus hybrids bashes electric vehicles by showing a driver plugging in a Nissan LEAF, triggering a timer that begins counting down from 4 hours.
Two problems with this representation: the charger pictured appears to be an Aerovironment DC fast charger, which is capable of charging a battery to 80% in a half hour; and most charging is done at home while the driver sleeps, while public charging at Level II stations is intended to extend effective range rather than take a battery from 0% to a full charge.
Lexus is aware of this, but chose to portray electric vehicles in a very negative light in an effort to promote their hybrids. Granted, the success of Lexus hybrids deserves to be celebrated and we certainly hope they continue to save millions of gallons of gasoline.
However, the bias gets worse with a second advertisement on the Lexus website about future alternative power technologies.