Toyota has released figures showing how much motorists have saved by selecting a hybrid vehicle from their range compared to a similar model with an internal combustion engine (ICE). So with fleets being the early adopters of hybrid technology in Australia with the Prius and Toyota Camry, it makes sense that businesses have saved millions as well.
Australian motorists who bought a Toyota hybrid vehicle last year are expected to make combined savings of more than $11 million and prevent almost 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) entering the atmosphere during 20201.
Toyota’s Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said these financial and environmental savings were available over the next 12 months to owners of the 27,846 Toyota hybrid vehicles sold in 2019.
Mr Hanley said the calculations were based on official fuel-consumption and emissions data from the Australian Design Rules and Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, showing Australian cars travel an average of 12,600km a year.
“The calculations show that, over a full year, the 27,846 vehicles sold last year will cut total fuel consumption by more than 8.5 million litres compared with equivalent petrol models,” Mr Hanley said.
“Based on an average fuel price of just over $1.42 per litre, this will allow the owners to keep more than $11 million in their pockets while reducing CO2 tailpipe emissions by in excess of 20,000 tonnes,” he said.
“Even better, if those customers continue to drive the same distance in their Toyota hybrids each year throughout the five-year Toyota Warranty Advantage period, they stand to save more than 40 million litres of fossil fuel worth an estimated $55 million.
“They would also save 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions – enough to fill 100,000 dwellings with a footprint of 116 sq. m. and almost 4m high.2 That’s a city about the same size as Canberra.3
“While these figures are impressive, the real savings are much larger because we have been selling hybrid vehicles in Australia since 2001 – a total of more than 120,000 to the end of last year.
“Even a single customer, driving today’s Camry Hybrid Ascent Sport for one year, could keep approximately $560 a year in their pocket and reduce their CO2 output by more than a tonne when compared with driving an equivalent petrol model.”
Toyota’s record sales of hybrid vehicles last year were dominated by Corolla (10,597 cars), Camry (8,696) and RAV4 (7,411).
While Corolla topped the sales totals, RAV4 – which was launched in May – achieved a higher monthly selling rate for its hybrid variants (926 v 883).
Camry has the highest number of hybrids on Australian roads with more than 60,000 vehicles sold since 2010.
More than half of all Camry sales last year were hybrid variants (51.9%), peaking at 77 per cent in November. RAV4 hybrids have accounted for more than 40 per cent of the new model’s sales since the May 2019 launch, while hybrids last year accounted for more than one-third of all Corolla sales.
Toyota has recently introduced hybrid variants of Corolla sedan and C-HR, with Yaris to follow before mid-2020.
1 Calculations based on actual sales of individual hybrid models.
Fuel economy and emissions data source: ADR81/02 combined (litres/100km, g/km CO2) for auto/CVT models. RAV4 2WD 2.5-litre CVT hybrid (4.7 l/100km, 107 g/km) v auto petrol AWD (7.3 l/100km, 166 g/km); Camry Ascent Sport 2.5-litre hybrid (4.2 l/100km, 97 g/km) v petrol (7.8 l/100km, 181 g/km); Corolla Ascent Sport 1.8-litre hatch hybrid (4.2 l/100km, 97 g/km) v. 2.0-litre Ascent petrol auto (6.0 l/100km, 139 g/km). Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted.
Travel distance of 12,600km per year source: Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 months ended 30 June 2018 (issued 20 March 2019) https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/9208.0
Fuel price: 91RON ULP price 142.6c/litre source: AIP Annual Retail Price Data (year to 30 June 2019; issued 5 July 2019). https://www.aip.com.au/aip-annual-retail-price-data. For PULP (recommended for Camry hybrid) $1.59 per litre, recorded 1-30 June 2019). Source: FUELtrac Pty Ltd. Actual fuel price may vary.
2 Source: https://buildingenergy.cx-associates.com/2012/06/what-does-a-ton-of-co2-look-like/
3 Number of Canberra dwellings. Source: 2016 Census as reported here: https://profile.id.com.au/cbrjo/population