Driving into the future | Daily Telegraph

Australians are moving towards fuel-efficient, hybrid-electric vehicles in record numbers.

The journey towards sustainable road travel for all is gathering pace and Toyota is leading the way.

It’s been 20 years since Toyota boldly launched the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, the Prius.

Today, Toyota has travelled a long way down the road towards electrifying its entire range of vehicles.

While achieving many important milestones along the way, Toyota has also continued to recognise the different practical needs of Australian motorists and the varied landscapes we live in – from dense inner city suburbs to the harsh climate of alpine regions to the punishing road conditions in remote areas of the bush and outback.

Last year, Australians bought a record number of fuel-efficient, hybrid-electric Toyota vehicles, representing the majority of all electrified vehicles sold in Australia.

Currently, 30 per cent of Toyota’s total sales are hybrid-electric models. Motorists all around the country are embracing the winning combination of performance and low emissions offered by Toyota.

It’s too early to say what the future electrification mix will be – ultimately customers will decide based on affordability, practicality and motoring needs. That’s why Toyota believes a diverse range of electrification options is important.

The core technologies it has developed over more than 20 years – hybrid, hydrogen, fuel cell and battery – are fundamental to various types of electrified vehicles that are perfectly suited to the requirements of Australian motorists.

Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) combine the power of a petrol engine and the fuel savings of an electric motor to lower emissions without the inconvenience of waiting for the battery to be charged.

It charges while you drive, so you never have to be concerned about running out of power on long journeys.

The Toyota Prius, Australia’s first HEV, was first introduced to Australia in 2001.

In 2020, Australians bought 54,335 Toyota hybrids, which accounts for 85 per cent of all electrified vehicles sold here during that year, making a significant difference to lowering on-road emissions.

In March 2021, Toyota Australia commissioned Victoria’s first commercial-grade permanent hydrogen production, storage and refuelling facility at its former manufacturing site at Altona in Melbourne’s west.

The Toyota Hydrogen Centre also incorporates an Education Centre to provide information on how hydrogen fuel cells work and the benefits to society, helping to dispel any myths around the safety and use of hydrogen as a fuel.

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) are fuelled by hydrogen – incredibly, the only emission from the vehicle is water. This ground-breaking technology was used in the first-generation Mirai FCEV, which was launched in selected markets in 2014.

In Australia, Toyota has trialled a small number of these vehicles since 2018 with utilities, government departments and industry. In April 2021, Toyota launched the all-new Mirai in Australia with 20 vehicles leased by pioneering organisations and businesses, including the CSIRO.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) run exclusively on electric motors. In April 2021, Toyota Australia confirmed that it will introduce the revolutionary bZ4X BEV to the Australian market as part of a full line-up of electrified vehicles.

Around the world, more governments, organisations, businesses and individuals are taking action to avert climate change.

Toyota is playing its part by committing to zero emissions. With its range of electrification technologies already well developed, it is continuing to accelerate its efforts and drive us all towards a better, cleaner, safer, carbon-neutral future.

To find out more visit toyota.com.au/electrified

In partnership with Toyota.

Originally published as Driving into the future

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