Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million.
The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel and reducing greenhouse emissions has been substantial.
In lieu of comparable conventional vehicles, Toyota calculates approximately 67 million fewer tons of CO2 has been emitted, and that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 6,604,301,309 gallons (25 million kiloliters) of gasoline.
Last October the carmaker also announced its Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 “that it will undertake in order to reduce the negative impacts automobiles have on global environmental health to as close to zero as possible, and to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.”
Presently in the U.S. market, Toyota has an approximately 70-percent share for its hybrids against all other manufacturers.
The market is now down to 1.85 percent from over 3 percent a couple years ago as fuel prices and other environmentally oriented solutions have sapped customers from the hybrid space.
Toyota’s aim is to increase the technological developments which include potential for more plug-in vehicles in years to come other than the 2017 Prius Prime, as well as a push toward fuel cell vehicles.
At the same time, the carmaker in 2013 said if hybrid tech is “bridge technology,” then it is also a “long bridge,” which was its way of saying hybridization will remain an integral piece of a multi-tech approach 50 years hence.
Toyota’s plans now include creating a hybrid variant of every one of its Lexus and Toyota vehicles by the decade of the 2020s.