Extreme weather phenomena around the world are wreaking havoc on society, attesting to the reality of global warming. If adequate measures are not taken, the harm will become even more severe, and the risks of global-scale damage have been pointed out. It has been reported* that if further efforts are not made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and current conditions remain unchanged, average global temperatures could rise by 3.7 to 4.8°C by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels and that in order to keep the temperature increase to less than 2°C, reducing CO2 emissions to zero will not be enough—we must reduce emissions to less than zero. Amid global efforts to hold the temperature rise less than 2°C, Toyota sees this situation as both a risk and an opportunity and announced the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge.” Toyota will strive to slash average CO2 emissions per vehicle by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050.
Based on the idea that eco-friendly vehicles contribute to society only when they come into widespread use, we are not only deploying technologies for conventional engine vehicles, but also accelerating advances in technology and its widespread adoption for the electrified vehicles that Toyota has been developing (including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)). Toyota is committed to continue working hand in hand with stakeholders to build the necessary infrastructure that supports the widespread adoption of these vehicles.
In order to make steady progress on the new vehicle zero CO2 emissions challenge, Toyota set a target of reducing global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles by at least 22％ by FY2021 compared to 2010. To achieve this target, Toyota is developing and introducing powertrains with high environmental performance based on the TNGA* next-generation platform strategy while improving the performance of electrified vehicles and expanding their adoption.
Based on the belief that eco-friendly vehicles can contribute to the environment only when they come into widespread use, Toyota has taken the initiative in developing and promoting the use of electrified vehicles. In 1997, we launched the Prius, a predecessor to electrified vehicles, and over the following 20 years, we have improved the performance of the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) and expanded the models on which it is used, developed electrified vehicles based on hybrid technologies, and supported the widespread adoption of these technologies.