Challenge 1New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge

Fundamental Approach

Extreme weather phenomena around the world are wreaking havoc on society, attesting to the reality of global warming. If further measures are not taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it is estimated* that average global temperatures could rise between 3.7 and 4.8°C by 2100 compared with pre-industrial levels. In order to keep the temperature increase less than 2°C, reducing CO2 emissions to zero will not be enough— we must further reduce it below zero.
Amid global efforts to hold the temperature rise less than 2°C, Toyota has taken on the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge,” in which Toyota will strive to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050. To this end, we are developing next-generation eco-friendly vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions, including hybrid vehicles (HVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), and spreading these vehicles on roads everywhere.
Eco-friendly vehicles contribute to society only when they come into widespread use. Toyota is committed to continue working hand in hand with stakeholders to build an infrastructure that supports the widespread adoption of these vehicles.

  • 5th Assessment Report of IPCC Working Group III (2014)

Developing Technologies to Achieve the Leading Fuel Efficiency Performance

Toyota is committed to reducing the global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles more than 22 percent by FY2020 from the FY2010 level to steadily proceed with our challenge.
As specific initiatives, we will further improve the performance of HVs and expand their use in line with developing and deploying powertrains with high environmental performance, based on our next-generation platform strategy known as TNGA*.

  • Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA): Toyota's company-wide global program to structurally transform automobile design. The goal of TNGA is to dramatically improve the basic performance and marketability of Toyota vehicles by reforming and integrally redesigning powertrain components and vehicle platforms.

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Established a hybrid model Vitz
  • Launched a new-model hybrid C-HR
  • Made a considerable advancement in environmental performance by revamping engines and transmissions based on TNGA

Promoting Development of Next-generation Vehicles Using Electric Power, and Widespread Use According to Their Features

Eco-friendly vehicles contribute to the environment only when widespread. Based on this concept, we will expand our lineups of hybrid vehicles, PHVs, EVs, and FCVs, promoting their further adoption. HV sales target for 2020 is 1.5 million units annually and a cumulative total of 15 million units.
We will further accelerate the expansion of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) as the pillar of our lineup of next-generation eco-friendly vehicles by developing models with low CO2 emissions while driving and fuel diversification. Toyota considers EVs and FCVs, which emit no CO2 while driving and have the potential of attaining massive CO2 reductions through the use of renewable energies and CO2-free hydrogen, to be the future eco-friendly vehicles. We strive to work on promoting widespread use of these vehicles according to their individual features, by considering energy issues and infrastructure status, as well as vehicle use in countries and regions.

Major Initiatives during FY2016

  • Achieved global cumulative HV sales of 10 million units
  • The use of 10 million HVs reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 77 million tons
  • Global cumulative sales of the Lexus hybrid model reached 1 million units
  • Launched the second-generation Prius PHV
  • Established an infrastructure to facilitate the early release of electric vehicles
  • Toyota Fuel Cell Bus purchased by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Japan)