Reduce environmental burdens and create a sustainable society through lifecycle by developing various eco-friendly vehicles and technologies and making them prevail
The Prius went on sale in 1997 as the world's first mass-produced HV. Other HVs have since been introduced and are currently sold in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world. In April 2012, cumulative sales of HVs exceeded four million units, with a CO2 emissions reduction of roughly 26 million tons. The Prius PHV went on sale in December 2011, and the RAV4 EV is scheduled to go on sale after summer 2012. Furthermore, Toyota intends to enter the fuel cell car market in around 2015.
Global cumulative HV sales, mainly the Prius, exceeded 4 million units, and cumulative CO2 reduction was 26 million tons.
|Sedan||Camry, Crown Hybrid, SAI, Prius, Prius PHV|
|Minivan||Alphard hybrid model, Vellfire hybrid model, Estima Hybrid|
|Hatchback/Station wagon||Aqua, Auris Hybrid (overseas market only)|
|SUV||Harrier Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid (overseas market only)|
|Commercial||Dyna, Toyoace hybrid model|
|Sedan||LS600h/LS600hL, GS450h, HS250h|
The finite nature of petroleum reserves tells us that energy sources must be diversified (electric, hydrogen, and so on) if automobiles are to have a viable future. With our hybrid vehicle (HV) technology as the core, Toyota developed the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), one of the most promising alternatives for next-generation eco-vehicles. The new vehicle was officially launched in January 2012. Before eco-vehicles can contribute to the environment, they must first penetrate the market. And to do that, they must win wide acceptance among consumers. Thus, leading up to the launch of Prius PHV models, we sought to maximize the vehicles’ performance, ease of use and affordability.
EV-mode cruising range 26.4km
*Cruising range for the Grade S, in JC08 Japanese test cycle, verified by Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Differs by grade.
Maximum EV-mode driving speed 100km/h
Fully charged cruising range of 26.4 km in EV-mode driving powered by the electric motor. Should cover most commuting, shopping and other short-range driving needs, and allows speeds of up to 100 km/h.
Plug-in Hybrid fuel efficiency (combined fuel combination)
JC08 Japanese test cycle 61.0km/L
Because the vehicle can travel 26.4 km on a full battery charge, it gets an amazing 61.0 km/L fuel efficiency rating (for the Grade S, in JC08 Japanese test cycle, verified by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism). While in EV driving mode, Prius PHV uses no gasoline and produces zero CO2 emissions.
When all the battery power necessary to operate in EV mode is used up, the vehicle automatically switches to HV mode, so the driver needs not worry about the batteries becoming depleted. That means there is no reason to worry about plugging in somewhere away from home. The driver does not have to keep an eye on the amount of charge remaining or find a plug-in charging station, just enjoy driving the Prius PHV as if it were an ordinary vehicle, for as long and as far as you wish.
EV driving range increased significantly with newly developed high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. The high-capacity onboard charger allows charging from external electricity sources.
With "eConnect" service, Prius PHV drivers can use their smart phones to check on battery charge condition and browse to compare fuel efficiency with that of other Prius PHV drivers. Drivers can also operate the vehicle's air conditioning by remote control. Typical comments from owners who have tried eConnect are "I feel like I'm already in the future," and "I feel I'm always connected to my Prius PHV."
Toyota has always worked to establish a sustainable recycling-based society. In the field of resource recycling, Toyota is at the very leading edge. Since October 2010, it has promoted the world's first battery-to-battery recycling business, which recovers nickel from the nickel-hydrogen batteries used in hybrid vehicles and reuses it in new batteries.
Average fuel efficiency in Japan, U.S. and Europe has improved significantly due to the increase in the number of hybrid vehicles (HVs), mainly the Prius and Aqua, and more fuel-efficient conventional vehicles.
CO2 emissions per unit produced have improved from FY2010 through activities to reduce CO2 at affiliates in Japan and overseas. However, the total volume increased from the previous year due to an increase in the number of units produced. The index of "per sales unit" was changed to "per unit produced" starting with the Fifth Toyota Environmental Action Plan.
Total volume of waste was reduced through activities at affiliates in Japan and overseas. The index of waste was changed starting with the Fifth Toyota Environmental Action Plan.
Both water consumption per unit produced and total volume decreased through efforts at affiliates in Japan and overseas.
In FY2011, almost 100% of Toyota vehicles produced were certified as meeting the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (U-LEV) or higher levels in Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
VOC emissions per unit of painted area were reduced through activities at vehicle production affiliates in Japan.
Percentages of vehicles produced and sold by companies subject to the consolidated EMS worldwide was: 99% of vehicles produced and 91% of vehicles sold.