1. Sustainability
  2. Carbon Neutrality
  3. Vehicle life cycle assessments
  4. LCA: Prius

The Prius evolution

The Prius plug-in hybrid
The Prius PHEV, the plug-in version of our world-famous Prius hybrid vehicle, offers the best of EV driving for short distances with none of the range anxiety for long journeys.

Life cycling thinking

At Toyota we are continuously taking measures to reduce the CO2 emissions, considering the entire life cycle of a vehicle: from design and production to use and finally to disposal and recycling phase. In order to measure the overall environmental impact of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, a detailed LCA was carried out in accordance with ISO 14040/44. The new Prius PHEV was developed in such ways that it delivers better environmental performance than its predecessors. Comparing the plug-in model with the Prius HEV, an overall CO2 reduction of 20% can be achieved.

A cleaner, greener drive

Prius Plug-in Hybrid combines the strengths of advanced hybrid technology with the benefits of extended electric driving. The Prius Plug-in makes use of a number of key features that help to reduce its environmental impact during use. The vehicle offers uprated eco-driving assistance to help you get the most kilometres out of your tank.  A major improvement over the last generation has been the upgraded solar roof. This option gives a driver living in Paris for example 720 km of fuel-free range over an average year (based on European driving styles). 

It starts at the plant

The Tsutsumi plant in Japan, where the Prius PHEV is manufactured, is continuously implementing innovative solutions to reduce its environmental impact. It has developed new technology in the painting process to reduce CO2 emissions in production and installed a 2000 kW photovoltaic system which provides energy comparable to the power usage for some 500 households The plant has also introduced more stringent water standards, aiming to return water that is cleaner than that originally used to the local river system. A biotope that supports indigenous species such as Japanese rice fish, crucian carp, and dragonfly has been created with the aim of raising awareness of biodiversity, conservation, and the utilization of treated wastewater.  

Design for recycling

Resource efficiency plays an important role in Toyota’s organisation. The recoverability rate of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid exceeds 95%. The vehicle uses the latest version of our Lithium-ion industrial battery. In Europe, Toyota has set itself the challenging target of aiming to collect 100% of these industrial batteries.

In harmony with nature 

Tree-planting activities began at the new Prius PHEV production plants in 2008 with the motto 'Make our plant rich in trees!'. A total of 5,000 people including employees, their families, and members of the community are making strides toward planting 50,000 trees, including conducting research on indigenous tree species and growing saplings from seeds.