Making eco-cars that lead the way to tomorrow

Climate change and extreme weather events caused by greenhouse gases, and atmospheric pollution caused by exhaust gases have become a threat to everyday life. At the same time, reserves of petroleum, which is the main energy source for vehicles, are not inexhaustible. To resolve these issues, Toyota is engaged in research and development for a wide range of eco-cars. By making ever better eco-cars, Toyota aims to promote their widespread use and thereby enhance our contribution to the environment.

Through energy-saving adaptation and fuel diversification, Toyota will achieve the widespread use of eco-cars and thereby contribute to the environment.

Conditions affecting the automobile

The global expansion of industry and technology since the 20th century has brought various environmental issues. In response, Toyota is working on research and development for a wide range of environmental technologies.

Toyota's basic approach

Vehicle fuel is made by processing a range of primary energy sources. By developing the optimal powertrain for each, Toyota is working for energy conservation and adapting to fuel diversication.

  • Energy conservation
    Toyota is working to achieve high fuel efficiency in gasoline vehicles, diesel vehicles, and hybrid vehicles.
  • Adapting to fuel diversication
    Toyota is promoting the development of alternatives to gasoline (electricity, hydrogen, etc.) and of vehicles adapted to use these alternatives.
  • Environmental contribution through widespread adoption of eco-cars
    Toyota believes that more widespread adoption of eco-cars will contribute to environmental protection. To realize this contribution, Toyota is promoting energy conservation, adaptation to fuel diversication, and development of eco-cars that satisfy customers.

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Our initiatives to achieve energy conservation start from two different approaches. One is to improve the fuel efficiency of the gasoline and diesel vehicles that are the main vehicle types in use around the world today. The other is to promote the adoption of the hybrid models that are the vehicles of the future.

Improvement of powertrain efficiency

The engine is the source of motive power while the drivetrain transmits the engine torque to the tires. By increasing energy efficiency in these two areas, Toyota is promoting improved fuel efficiency.

Diverse line-up of hybrid vehicles

Toyota is working to develop hybrid vehicles that match diverse customer lifestyles and conditions in different regions, and has assembled a wide-ranging line-up, from passenger vehicles to commercial vehicles.

Hybrid vehicles come into widespread use

In April 2016, cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles worldwide reached 9 million units. Going forward, Toyota will continue to contribute to the environment by promoting the widespread adoption of hybrid vehicles.

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There are a number of alternative fuels to petroleum, each of which has strengths and weaknesses. This means that it is not currently possible to settle for any particular one. Toyota is therefore exploring the potential of a diverse range of fuels.

Approach to fuel diversication

Characteristics of gasoline-alternative fuels

Each alternative fuel has its strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, energy policies vary by country and region. Toyota is therefore engaged in all-round development activities.

*Well to Wheel CO2 :
this is a comprehensive measure of CO2 emissions that takes account of total energy consumption from the extraction and production of primary energy sources through to vehicle use.

Adapting hybrid technology to next-generation eco-cars

Toyota sees hybrid technology as a core technology and is engaged in wide-ranging development including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles.

Selecting eco-cars for different uses

The different eco-cars have a varying range of characteristics. Selecting the vehicle optimally matched to the intended use will allow us to build a highly energy-efficient mobility society.

About eco-cars for the next generation

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Looking ahead to 2050, Toyota has set itself six challenges and is committed to continuing with initiatives to achieve sustained development together with society.

Looking  ahead  to  2050

In 2015, Toyota announced six challenges for the period up to 2050. Covering issues such as climate change and resource and water recycling, the challenges all involve formidable difficulties, but Toyota is committed to continuing with steady initiatives to achieve sustained development together with society.

Target for 2050: 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from new vehicles

In its New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge, Toyota has set itself the target of achieving by 2050 a 90% reduction in new vehicle CO2 emissions compared to 2010. Towards this goal, Toyota will roll out the technology it has built up in the hybrid vehicle sector, adapting it to plug-in hybrid vehicles and to fuel cell and electric vehicles, which generate no CO2 emissions whatsoever. Toyota is committed to further accelerating its initiatives toward the development and widespread adoption of hybrid vehicles and other eco-cars.

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Toward the realization of a sustainable society, Toyota is engaged in research and development for vehicles that respect the global environment.

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