Toyota’s worldwide hybrid sales continue to increase with one million models sold in the months from January to September this year.
This takes the overall total of hybrids sold to more than seven million, a massive 7.053 million to be exact.
As a result, these figures further underline Toyota’s commitment to promoting better awareness of the impact vehicles have on the environment, encouraging more people to use cleaner, more efficient hybrids.
Twenty-eight models now make up the Toyota hybrid range, which is currently offered in more than ninety different countries across the globe.
The Japanese marque claims that as of 30th September its hybrid vehicles will have reduced the amount of CO2 polluting the atmosphere by almost 49 million tonnes. This equates to a total of 18,000 million litres of petrol saved by Toyota hybrid usage.
1997 marked the start of hybrid vehicle production for Toyota with the launch of the Coast Hybrid EV bus, which was closely followed by the first-generation Prius.
Prius sales were incredible and since then Toyota’s hybrids have received ever increasing support across the world.
Visitors to the recent Paris Motor show were witnesses to the next phase of Toyota’s plan to get more drivers into cleaner, more economical vehicles with the new Fuel Cell Sedan.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan can hold four people with ease and deliver a driving range that stacks up more than favourably against the majority of petrol engines.
It’s also the world’s first hydrogen-powered saloon to go into production and can be refuelled in just three minutes with the only emissions produced being water vapour.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan is a development on the FCV Concept which was first unveiled back in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Whilst Toyota has kept similar styling to the concept model, several detail changes have been made, including adjustments to the radiator grille, headlights, rear light and aerial, plus the roof and fuel filler cap.
In order to save room and lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, the fuel cell, battery and fuel tanks have been fitted under the floor.
Meanwhile, a compartment located in the front of the car contains the electric motor, electronic control system and boost converter.
This converter increases the voltage output of the fuel cell, meaning that the size of the motor and number of fuel cells has been able to be reduced, which has simultaneously lowered costs and increased performance.