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Cleaner Mobility

Learn more about the many ways we’re making driving environmentally sustainable.

As one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, we take seriously our responsibility to help protect the environment. That means creating vehicles which have as little impact as possible on the natural world around us. It is not just a matter of how they perform when on the road; we believe we also need to find more sustainable ways of making vehicles and disposing of them when they reach the end of their useful life. 

We have announced ambitious plans to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles in operation (tank-to-wheel) by 90% by 2050. 

Our route to producing the ultimate eco-car takes in different applications of our hybrid technology and the use of alternative fuels to secure the best results across a complete range of driving requirements. 

Making driving environmentally sustainable

We have spent decades researching how we can make vehicles that are kinder to the environment, producing technologies such as hybrid that have already proved their value in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping us move towards a low carbon society. We are still on that journey and we want to reduce our vehicle CO2 emissions by 90% by 2050, compared to the level we were at in 2010. 

It is not just about reducing CO2, however, we share the concerns of governments and consumers around the world about the importance of air quality and continue to invest in finding ways of reducing vehicle emissions that directly impact on people’s health, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates (PM) within our 360-degree view of design and technology innovation. 

The Right Car, at the Right Place, at the Right Time 

 

Around the world, people use different types of vehicles to suit their lifestyle and their local environment. Some may only need a small car for short urban journeys, while others require a larger and more powerful vehicle to make regular long-distance trips. Concern about the environment and cutting carbon emissions cuts across these differences, which is why we believe there is no single solution when it comes to creating the ultimate eco-car. With our hybrid system, we have produced a low carbon technology that can be used in multiple ways to address these different demands.

Ever since vehicles began using the internal combustion engine in the late 19th century, they have largely relied on fossil fuels that produce CO2 and contribute to global warming. While conventional engines will continue to play an important role in the short to medium term, we are researching and developing alternatives such as biofuels from organic sources, electricity and, more recently, hydrogen. With this multi-path approach, we aim to secure better environmental performance by providing the right car, in the right place, at the right time. 

A spectrum of cleaner power technologies

With the launch of the Mirai, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric sedan, our range of advanced, alternative power vehicles continues to grow, taking our technology out of the research laboratory and on to the road. In addition, we have also developed battery electric vehicles, such as the prototype i-ROAD and COMS, designed for urban mobility and the subject of real-world testing for integrated transport systems in different cities around the world. 

Our range includes an ever-increasing number of hybrid electric vehicles and a rechargeable plug-in hybrid electric. We are continuing to make our petrol-electric hybrid technology even more efficient and compact, introducing the Toyota Hybrid System II in the current Prius and other

By the early 2020s, we plan to make more than 10 battery electric models available in world markets. These zero-emissions vehicles create a technical roadmap for our journey towards the ultimate eco-car – one which aims to have no harmful impact on the environment. 

We are also making a more powerful version available and are engineering a simpler hybrid system for some of our cars.