It is rare when a extended family has a reunion, bringing members of a clan from around the world to one spot to talk of common traits and share in family lore. Toyota did this recently though, bringing together for the first time all of its environmentally focused vehicles, mostly consisting of hybrids, to one place.
And at this event a surprise birth announcement was made as well.
As for the surprise, Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso outlined the launch of “a new era in hybrid technology” with the arrival of the next-generation Prius. We all knew a new generation of the world’s most popular hybrid was coming, of course, but details on what it would be like weren’t as clear. Until now, that is, as according to Ogiso,
In another announcements on how the Japanese automaker is advancing in green vehicle development, it was shared work is progressing on Toyota’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, a new mid-size four-door sedan whose concept will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. It will make use of hybrid technology.
It was also shared that the next generation Prius Plug-In hybrid will sport “a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an onboard coil to transmit power to the battery, providing charging without the fuss of a cable.” The end result of this? A more convenient charging operation and additional all-electric range.
Set as the backdrop against all of these announcements was the company’s entire Toyota and Lexus global hybrid line up. This grouping of vehicles has spread around the world more than 5 million vehicles responsible for an estimated 34 million ton reduction in C02 — the equivalent of taking 4.8 million vehicles off the road for an entire year. It also is responsible for “3 billion gallons of gasoline saved, which is more than enough gas for the entire population of the United States to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a Prius.”
Watch for a feature piece later this week with more details specific to Toyota’s current green vehicle fleet from around the world.