Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2
Toyota Motor Corp. aims to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and 7 million additional hybrids by 2020 as part of a sweeping new environmental plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions.
The carmaker’s senior executives outlined the objectives on Wednesday as the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, aiming to all but eliminate the carbon footprint of its fleet and factories.
Among the goals, Toyota targets a 90 percent cut in average carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by 2050, compared with 2010 levels. And more ambitiously, it aims to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions at factories in that timeframe.
The vision reduces the traditional internal combustion engine to just the tiniest sliver of Toyota’s total deployment by 2050.
The goals signal a ramped-up push by Toyota to establish itself as a global clean car leader. And they dovetail with last year’s release of Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and next month’s launch of the next-generation Prius flagship hybrid.