Toyota and Lexus have together received the Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year title in the Business Car Awards for a second consecutive year. The award category, introduced in 2019, rewards car makers for their work in providing environmentally focused products and services for fleet and business customers.
Simon Harris, Business Car Editor, said: “Toyota pioneered the full hybrid car in the Prius and is now pioneering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. While almost its entire car range is now hybrid, the focus on the environment runs throughout the business, with zero waste to landfill and landscaping to support wildlife habits at its factories.”
Toyota and Lexus Fleet Sales is seeing increased interest in its growing range of hybrid electric vehicles as customers realise the genuine benefits they offer in terms of environmentally efficient performance and competitive operating costs.
Since 2019’s success, Toyota has started the roll-out of its fourth generation hybrid technology in the all-new Yaris, giving the hatchback much greater zero emission electric driving capability with EV operation for longer periods and distances, and at higher speeds than before. In 2021, this system will also feature in the new Yaris Cross small SUV, while the RAV4 Hybrid SUV range will grow to include a new plug-in hybrid electric version.
The progress Toyota is making with its vehicle technologies supports its wider commitment to the environment in its Environmental Challenge 2050. As well as a 90 per cent reduction in new vehicle carbon emissions (against 2010 levels), this also targets zero carbon vehicle lifecycle emissions; zero carbon from manufacturing operations and other strategic measures to provide mobility in harmony with nature.