It was only about a couple of months ago that the Toyoda who was CEO of Toyota (and the grandson of the company’s founder) and not enthusiastic about replacing cars with devices was himself replaced – by a man who is keen to replace cars with devices.
To borrow a Yul Brynner line from The Ten Commandments – so let it be written, so let it be done.
Whether anyone will buy (or rather, be in a position to buy) the 1.5 million devices that the new guy, Koji Sato, says Toyota will produce by 2026 is, of course, another matter.
Most of these devices are intended to be sold through Toyota’s luxury line, Lexus – which will supposedly sell only devices by 2035. This is telling – about the devices – which are going to be expensive luxury devices, unlike the cars Toyota is known (and successful) for selling. The least expensive Lexus currently in the lineup is the UX250h, a compact-sized hybrid crossover that stickers for $35,340 to start. If converted into a device, the UX would likely cost well over $40,000 – the price jump being a factor of the cost of turning it into a device.
As Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares admitted openly just about a week ago, there isn’t enough lithium available to produce enough batteries to power enough devices sufficient to replace the cars in circulation – two-thirds of which are not luxury-priced. And the cost of the lithium – magnified by artificial “demand” created by government regulations that are forcing more luxury devices be built, regardless of the market for them – assures the cost of these devices will increase even more than it would have otherwise.
Hence, Lexus (badged) devices.
“Demand” for such – and so, cost – is about to spike again as the Biden Thing’s regulatory apparat, the EPA, will shortly hurl a new slew of compliance decrees that only devices will be able to comply with, thereby effectively outlawing almost anything that is not a device or a very expensive car – or some combination of both.
Viz, Lexus-priced devices.
Like the $42,000 Toyota bZ4X – a better name for a device could not be conjured – which is a compact-sized, two-ton-plus device.
Such devices will price many people who could afford a car out of the market. This, of course, is what devices are meant to do. By now, the intent ought to be obvious, especially in view of the facts about these devices – which those seeking to use them as the vehicle to greatly reduce car ownership or who are party to it now openly admit (viz, Tavares).
We are now at the stage with regard to devices that we were as regards “masks” and the drugs that were marketed as “vaccines” were about a year ago, by which time it had become obvious to anyone not an imbecile or a purblind fanatic that “masks” did not “work” (as sickness preventers) and neither did the drugs marketed as “vaccines,” except insofar as to render thousands of people sick (or worse) and the rest feeling some combination of used and foolish.
So, far, Toyota has sold all of 9,016 devices worldwide. It has sold 1,880 of them in the United States. That is a long way shy of 1.5 million devices in less than three years from now.
The people in what is often styled “our democracy” have grown accustomed to being told by unelected bureaucratic apparatchiks – a Soviet-era term that applies just as definitionally to our era – that this is how it’ll be done and here is what you’ll be allowed ro do (and buy) and that’s the end of the story.
No vote has ever been taken on the question: Shall cars be replaced by devices – and at any cost? It has simply been written – per Yul’s portrayal of the mighty Pharaoh.
And so let it be done.
Meaning, Pharaoh-Biden will force them to do it, as the slaves were forced to build monuments to Pharaoh in the movie.
Like those monuments, the devices will stand as totems of Pharaoh’s power. Perhaps one day, eons hence, a poet will come across the ruins and be moved to pen a poem along the lines of Ozymandias, by Shelley:
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