In recent years, several automotive companies have brought a wide range of electric cars. However, electric cars and hybrids are still a long way from establishing the concept as mainstream. Despite that, companies are more than successful to sell hybrids as Toyota recently reached the impressive milestone of 10 million sold hybrids on January 31st.
Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman of the board of directors at Toyota said, “When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names. Today, thanks to those early adopters who gave Prius a chance, hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out of the unknown and into the mainstream.”
In order to celebrate such accomplishment, Toyota has given an estimate of positive effects on environment due to the hybrid. The company has said that use of Toyota hybrid vehicles has resulted in more than 77 million few tons of Carbon di-Oxide while they saved around 29 million liters of petrol.
In the UK sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrid models have surpassed a quarter of a million (254,414 total vehicles; 174,861 Toyota and 79,553 Lexus) since Prius was first sold here in 2000. Lexus was the first luxury brand to offer customers hybrid power via the RX 400h, introduced to Britain in 2005. Twelve years on hybrids make up almost 99% of all Lexus UK sales.
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