Toyota's 2017 Hybrid Sales Reaches 1.52 Million
Toyota has been selling electricity-powered automobiles for over 20 years already, introducing the Prius hybrid back in 1997 n Japan. During the fall of 2015, the brand mentioned milestones as part of its “Environmental Challenge 2050.” One of the goals was to produce and sell 1.5 million hybrids yearly by 2020. Toyota was proud to say they have achieved that, as it sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles in 2017.
That number corresponds to an 8 percent increase in hybrid sales since 2016. Toyota is proud to say that it also means over 90 million tons of CO2 has been reduced. Last year's feat “is a testament from our customers to the quality, durability and reliability of our electrified powertrains,” Toyota Executive VP Shigeki Terashi says, “and, thanks to them, has led us to establish a solid and sustainable foundation for mass producing a more diverse portfolio of electrified vehicles across our range moving forward.”
Other milestones cited within Toyota's Environmental Challenge 2050 are battery electric vehicle mass production in 2020, 30,000 annual fuel cell vehicle sales by 2020, and 5.5 million annual electrified vehicle sales by 2030.
Before 2016, Toyota hybrid sales went up in 2013, at 1.28 million before going down a bit in the next two years. Toyota then rose to the challenge in 2016, at 1.4 million, before it achieved the 1.52 million record in 2017.