Challenge 1 New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge

Fundamental Approach

Extreme weather phenomena around the world are wreaking havoc on society, attesting to the reality of global warming. If adequate measures are not taken, the harm will become even more severe, and the risks of global-scale damage have been pointed out. Under these circumstances, the Paris Agreement, which came into effect in 2016, sets long-term goals to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

As the world is moving toward the realization of the beyond 2°C scenario, Toyota sees this situation as both a risk and an opportunity and announced the "New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge." Toyota will strive to slash average CO2 emissions per vehicle by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050.

Based on the idea that eco-friendly vehicles contribute to society only when they come into widespread use, we are not only deploying technologies for conventional engine vehicles, but also accelerating advances in technology and its widespread adoption for the electrified vehicles that Toyota has been developing (including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)).

Toyota is committed to continue working hand in hand with stakeholders to build the necessary infrastructure that supports the widespread adoption of these vehicles.

Through these initiatives, we will contribute to achieving SDG 7.3 (improvement in energy efficiency) and 13.1 (reduction of CO2).

Related SDGs

Developing Technologies to Achieve the Leading Fuel Efficiency Performance

Toyota is committed to reducing the global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles more than 22 percent by 2020 from the 2010 level to steadily proceed with our challenge. As specific initiatives, we plan to further improve the environmental performance of electrified vehicles and expand their use in line with developing and deploying powertrains with high environmental performance, based on our next-generation platform strategy known as TNGA*.

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Toyota New Global Architecture
Toyota's company-wide global program to structurally transform automobile design. The goal of TNGA is to dramatically improve the basic performance and marketability of Toyota vehicles by reforming and integrally redesigning powertrain components and vehicle platforms
Global Average CO2 Emissions from New Vehicles

Details on conversion factors can be found here (Environmental Data S) (PDF: 10MB)

Major Initiatives during FY2019

  • Launched the redesigned Crown (2.5-liter and 3.5-liter models are dedicated HEV models) with refined vehicle platform based on TNGA
  • Launched the Corolla Sport (1.8-liter model is a dedicated HEV model)

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Sustainability Data Book 2019 [New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge] Developing Technologies to Achieve the Leading Fuel Efficiency Performance (PDF: 10MB)

Promoting Development of Next-generation Vehicles Using Electric Power, and Widespread Use According to Their Features

Based on the belief that eco-friendly vehicles can contribute to the environment only when they come into widespread use, we have taken the initiative in developing and promoting the widespread use of electrified vehicles. Since the launch of the Prius, a pioneering electrified vehicle, in 1997, we have been raising the efficiency of the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) and expanding the equipped models, while developing and promoting the widespread use of electrified vehicles based on hybrid technologies.

Annual HEV Sales and Cumulative Sales (Global)

Details on Sales of Electrified Vehicles can be found here (Environmental Data A) (PDF: 10MB)

Major Initiatives during FY2019

  • Reinforced local development and production systems for electrified vehicle powertrains in China (launched Corolla and Levin PHEV models)
  • Granted royalty-free licenses that Toyota holds for vehicle electrification-related technologies such as motors, power control units (PCUs), and system controls

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Sustainability Data Book 2019 [New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge] Promoting Development of Next-generation Vehicles Using Electric Power, and Widespread Use According to Their Features (PDF: 10MB)

Learn more about Toyota's environmental activities here