The range of available hybrid vehicles at the global level from Toyota and Lexus now reached 44. The first-generation Prius was launched in 1997 around the time of the Kyoto Protocol signing, which gave new momentum to the environmental movement. Today, 15 million hybrid sales later, Toyota has made a significant contribution to the environment as its hybrid technology has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 120 million tonnes worldwide to date compared to sales of equivalent petrol vehicles.
Steve Tormey, CEO, Toyota Ireland said, “We are extremely proud of hitting this monumental milestone, particularly as it represents a massive reduction in CO2 from our environment and cleaner air for all. In Ireland, the new Toyota hybrids sold in 2019 alone will result in a reduction of 60,000 tonnes of CO2 from our environment over the course of their lifetime.
Toyota is fully committed to playing its part and leading Ireland towards zero-emissions motoring as we have been doing for the past 23 years with self-charging Hybrid vehicles, and in addition to electric vehicle growth, we believe policymakers should be encouraging the growth of Hybrids, as we firmly believe a Hybrid mix of 25% can be achieved in 2021, which would reduce Ireland’s CO2 by 166,000 tonnes in their lifetime.”