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