Achieved FY2000 Voluntary Fuel Efficiency Targets
Taking into consideration the FY2000 government targets, Toyota
set its own voluntary goals in the Second Toyota Environmental
Action Plan and exceeded the government targets in all categories.
Also, Toyota began taking actions to meet the new 2010 Fuel Efficiency
Standards and is implementing measures, like increasing the number
of vehicle series with newly developed engines etc., beginning
with new models and models undergoing complete redesign, with
the goal of achieving the targets ahead of schedule.
Increased Introduction of Low Emission Vehicles
Toyota completed its voluntary compliance with the FY2000 Exhaust
Emission Standards for gasoline vehicles, and has been actively
working on the early introduction of vehicles that comply with
the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport"s "Approval
System for Low Emission Vehicles." As a result, the number
of models achieving an exhaust emission level that is 25% lower
than the 2000 Exhaust Emission Standards increased to 74 (44%
of the vehicles Toyota produced), and the number of models achieving
an exhaust emission level that is 75% lower than the standards
increased to 3 models (3% of the vehicles Toyota produced).
Evolution and Expansion of Hybrid Systems
Toyota launched the new Prius with a small nickel-metal hydride
battery in May 2000. The Estima Hybrid was launched in June 2001
and THS-M (Toyota Hybrid System-Mild), which can be used in various
vehicle types, was also developed.
New model (left) and old model (right) of nickel-metal
hydride battery in the Prius
Accelerating the Development of Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles
In March 2001, Toyota announced a new fuel cell hybrid vehicle
called "FCHV-3" and also in June 2001, developed the
"FCHV-4", which uses high-pressure hydrogen as fuel.
Field evaluation tests have also been started.