Considered the leader in hybrid cars, as it introduced the Prius 13 years ago, Toyota announced today that it developed a new Ecological Plastic that it is ready to be used in its forthcoming models.
The new material is tougher, harder wearing and more shrink resistant than the previous bio plastics.
What is really interesting, is that the material is the first in the world to be made using bio-PET, which includes a raw material derived from sugar cane.
This means that the so-called Ecological Plastic will reduce the amount of petroleum-based products used in manufacturing and will also cut vehicle whole-life emissions performance by being more carbon-neutral. According to the manufacturer the material is suitable for use for vehicle liners, carpeting, seats and other interior surface.
The first vehicle to carry this material is the 2011 Lexus CT 200h, which was recently introduced at the Paris Motor Show.
New CT 200h uses this material for the luggage compartment liner. Toyota said that it plans to introduce a model in 2011, in which it will cover 80 per cent of the vehicle interior.
Toyota expects the new Ecological Plastic to match the cost-per-part performance of conventional, petroleum-based plastics.