Bob Carter, Group VP & General Manager, Toyota

Bob Carter, Group Vice President & General Manager, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA talked to me at the 2008 North American International auto show.

I asked the manufacturers I interviewed the same questions:

1. Which of the following alternative platforms are you putting the most resources behind?
ethanol/flex fuel vehicles
plug-in electric vehicles
fuel cell
(If you are investing in more than one, have them list by order of interest by the Manufacturer)

2. What percentage of your cars are recyclable? (Listen as Bob Carter talks about the recyclability of nickel metal hydride batteries)

3. How many of your US manufacturing plants are zero-percent landfill?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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