At Toyota, commitment to the future and mobility closely matches the goals set by the 2050 Environmental Challenge to reduce the average global CO2 emissions of new vehicles by 90% by 2050 (learn more in the Environmental Performance section)
Pioneer in the introduction of hybrid flex vehicles on the market (the first Prius was launched in Japan in 1997), in 2018, the company began practical tests with a new prototype of a hybrid vehicle equipped with a flexfuel internal combustion engine. The project, which combines an electric drive with a flexible gasoline and ethanol engine, was developed in partnership between the engineering teams of Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota do Brasil.
Preliminary studies indicate that the flex hybrid has one of the highest CO2 compensation and absorption potentials generated since the beginning of the use cycle of ethanol extracted from sugarcane. The first tests were performed during a course of over 1,500 kilometers between the states of São Paulo and the Federal District, which tested the durability of the car and helped evaluate the powertrain when fueled with ethanol on Brazilian roads. One test aimed toward extracting the maximum potential of each solution by using fuel from a 100% renewable source: high efficiency, very low emission levels, and capacity to reabsorb impacts from carbon monoxide.