Design and Development

From the outset of a vehicle's creation, we apply Life Cycle Thinking and our Life Cycle Assessment methodology.

It's a meticulous approach that has led to an array of important developments. These include lightweight engineering for maximum fuel efficiency and low emissions, the creation of a unique recyclable plastic, the use of recycled materials and the development of eco-plastic, a world first.

The Prius – which is pioneering the use of eco-plastic – demonstrates the effectiveness of our methods. What's more, 95% of the car (including the battery) is recoverable, and 85% can be recycled.

Life Cycle Thinking

Ecological Plastic

Carbon neutral ecological plastic is used on many features to reduce overall life cycle CO2 emissions. They are developed using a variety of compounding technologies to meet every requirement for vehicle interiors, including heat and shock resistance. Our innovative processes include molecular-level bonding and the homogeneous mixing of plant-derived and petroleum-derived raw materials.

World first

Toyota ecological plastic is the world's first injection-moulded material to be derived from plants.

20% less CO2

Ecological plastic emits 20% less CO2 during a product's life cycle. Most of the CO2 usually emitted at disposal is captured during photosynthesis as the plant grows.

The future

We plan to increase the usage of ecological plastic in future vehicles – yet another revolution that is led by next generation Prius.