In the past few decades, cars have become a convenient mode of transportation. Gone are the days of riding horseback. But if we compare our past with the present, do you really think we’ve really made progress?
Nature begs to differ since in the quest of making travelling easy for humans, manufacturers have destroyed our ecosystem and raised pollution to alarming rates.
Cars, our convenient and easy mode of transportation alone causes immense damage to our environment by releasing carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide gases in the air. These gases cause the greenhouse effect and damage the ozone layer which then eventually lets ultraviolet rays enter the Earth’s atmosphere and restricts harmful gases from leaving our environment.
According to a report by the Environmental Defense Fund, cars release around 333 million tons of carbon dioxide per month which means they contribute 20% to the total carbon dioxide present in the world. Furthermore, they release carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and other hydrocarbons that are in the atmosphere and are the major cause of several breathing disorders and skin infections.
A Need for Electrical Vehicles
Judging by the devastating effects of gasoline powered vehicles, there is an intense need to look for the alternative and it seems like automobile companies have found a way. Electric vehicles are a revolution that can help save the planet or at least stop its deterioration. EVs release emissions that are harmful as compared to gasoline-fueled vehicles.
Toyota Takes the Initiative
Though automobile companies collectively agreed on making their vehicles environmentally friendly but not many of them were successful in making solid progress except Toyota.
Toyota is not able to provide full electrical vehicles despite trying since the 1980s but it was able to present the world with a hybrid technology that brings the automobile industry one step closer to saving the environment.
More about Toyota
Toyota is a multinational automobile company based in Toyota City, Japan. If we are talking about the volume, then Toyota is the world’s largest automobile company, but it lands sixth on the list when judged on the scale of revenue.
The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 and he names the company after his family name. Over the years, Toyota has made leaps and bounds in the automobile world and has cemented its position as a leading automobile company worldwide.
Toyota became the first manufacturer to mass produce a plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012. Prius, the hybrid car, has reached 13 million sales marks since its launch. His initiative really helped to promote the idea of electrical vehicles and making them the new norm on roads. The vision is to make more people use these hybrid vehicles and later on, introduce electrical vehicles to reduce the emission of harmful hydrocarbons in the environment.
Toyota is a firm believer of this vision and hence they’ve decided to share their Hybrid Vehicle technology with the rest of the automobile companies until 2030 to fulfill this vision as soon as possible.
In order to speed the process of making the hybrid vehicles fully electrical, Toyota has announced to share their Hybrid Vehicle technology among its competitors for free. The official statement by Toyota’s executive vice-president, Shigeki Terashi is as follows:
“Based on the high volume of inquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies that recognize a need to popularize hybrid and other electrified vehicle technologies, we believe that now is the time for cooperation.”
It is important to note that by doing this, Toyota is giving license to all their competitors to access around 24,000 technologies relating to electrical motors, batteries, and converters until 2030 without charging anything from them.
This announcement got automobile companies and manufacturers excited as they have been trying to mass produce a fully electrical vehicle for some years. Chinese manufacturers are particularly keen on getting their hands on this technology as they are really eager to mass produce EVs and revolutionize the world.
What is Hybrid Vehicle Technology?
The name itself explains the technology used in the cars pretty simply. The Hybrid Car uses a traditional fuel burning mode of energy as well as has a battery and electrical motor. The combination of a conventional engine using traditional fuels with electrical motors make these cars reach a new efficiency level.
How does it work?
The Hybrid Vehicle uses both the traditional engine and the motor alternately. For example, if you want to travel a long distance, then charging your car’s battery can be a hassle but if this battery fails you halfway through your destination, the car will automatically switch to the engine.
It will also switch from engine to motor when your car’s system is running but the vehicle is not moving. The AC and lights will be powered by the motor which can lessen the amount of heat released in the environment and the fuel burned.
Why is the Hybrid Vehicle Technology So Important?
Hybrid Vehicle technology is the first step by Toyota towards a better future. How will they able to achieve it through Hybrid Vehicle Technology? Let’s take a look!
By contributing less and less to the rising air pollution levels.
By using Hybrid technology, less fuel is burned which means emissions released by these cars are not heavy on hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen.
Preparing for a world without fuel
It is a known fact that gasoline, diesel, and other fuels are not renewable resources and we will eventually run out of them. Therefore, it is essential that we find an alternative before that time or at least try to reserve these non-renewable resources as long as possible.
Helps you to save money
This one is an obvious advantage of using Hybrid Vehicles. As we’ve mentioned above that the conventional engine runs on fuel and fuel is a non-renewable resource which makes it expensive. By being able to use a traditional engine and electrical motor alternately, you can actually save some money.
In conclusion, Toyota’s decision to share its Hybrid Technology will be beneficial for the world at large as this will allow automobile companies to hasten their progress and mass-produce first fully electrical vehicles in the near future.