"There sustainable mobility meets the social need to move freely, move, communicate, trade and establish contacts without sacrificing other essential human and ecological needs, today and for the future ". This is the definition used by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Business Council for Sustainable Mobility.
If all car manufacturers were inspired by these principles, pollution and the consumption of natural resources would not risk getting out of control. Some virtuous attempts are actually seen, one is to Toyota. Undoubtedly, the Japanese manufacturer has long been working on a cleaner transport system based on the development of environmentally friendly and quality cars, capable of maintaining optimal driving performance and being, at the same time, functional and respectful of the environment.
Guarantee freedom of movement without forgetting the respect for the environment has become one of the objectives of Toyota which for over 40 years has been engaged in the study and development of ecological solutions for mobility without compromising in terms of performance and driving styles. The ongoing commitment has ensured the development of innovative technologies capable of representing concrete alternatives and environmentally friendly traditional propulsion systems capable of optimizing vehicle efficiency and emissions.
The maximum expression and synthesis of the Toyota experience is the Full Hybrid technology, a key system for the future and for the mobility of the 21st century, which according to many remains the most viable option today. Thanks to the innovation introduced by Hybrid Synergy Drive® (HSD), Toyota already sells 4.5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. This has made it possible to make an enormous contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. These are the numbers that confirm Toyota's ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility.
Toyota has identified Full Hybrid technology as a very important tool to meet the needs of motorists looking for cutting-edge solutions to respect the environment, without sacrificing quality and driving pleasure. It represents a path of progressive electrification of the car who has already defined some stages of approach to the car a zero emissions. Toyota hybrid cars use an extremely efficient petrol-powered powertrain combined with an electric motor coupled to a battery pack to provide additional power to the system.
The revolutionary breakthrough achieved by Toyota hybrid technology consists of intelligently managing the flow of energy from these two different power sources, so that every driving condition, starting, accelerating, braking and stop-and-go- is optimized. The synergy between the two motors allows the electric one to be powered by the battery which is recharged during braking and deceleration. When extra power is required, the heat engine kicks in. Hybrid technology improves vehicle efficiency, maximizing the efficiency of traditional engines regardless of the type of fuel used.
It is precisely the transversality of this system, capable of successfully exploiting all the different energy sources, that makes the hybrid the leading solution in Toyota's research and development strategy. After the debut of Prius in 1997, over the years the Toyota and Lexus range has been enriched with an increasing number of models in different segments and 2012 was the year of the hybrid for Toyota.
In fact, it saw the introduction of 3 completely new models in the range: the Yaris Hybrid, the first hybrid city car, the Prius +, the first hybrid 7-seater minivan with lithium ion batteries, and the PriusPlug-in, the first rechargeable hybrid. Prius Plug-in in addition to offering all the advantages of a hybrid car, it is capable of operating using only the electric motor for about 25 km, at a speed of up to 85 km / h, selecting via a button how much to use the electric mode. There Prius Plug-in allows you to recharge the battery from a normal household socket in just 90 minutes.