Hybrids: A Core Technology for the Future
In 1995, we developed the first Toyota Hybrid System, and in 2000 the Prius was introduced in the U.S. Since then we've sold more than a million hybrids here. We have also expanded and improved our hybrid line-up. Today, we offer seven hybrid vehicles - three Toyota and four Lexus.
Hybrid is a core technology that we will use for all future powertrains to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while delivering impressive driving performance. We expect to have a hybrid version available for every Toyota passenger model in the early 2020s. Along the way, we're pleased to share some of our milestones:
- Ten percent of our U.S. sales are hybrids and Toyota has sold nearly 75%
of all the hybrids in America so far. Worldwide, we've sold more than two million, and counting.
- The 2010 Prius contains parts made from plant-derived, carbon-neutral
plastics. The newly-developed plastics known as "ecological plastics"
emit less CO2 during a product lifecycle than plastics made solely from
petroleum; they also help reduce petroleum use.
- In 2009, we introduced a Toyota
Certified Used Hybrids program to offer more high-quality options to
customers interested in hybrid vehicles.