Going Green with Toyota Biosynthetic Rubber Hoses

April 27th, 2016 by

2016 Toyota Prius CIf you’ve paid attention to the Toyota lineup over the past decade or so, then you’re well aware that the automaker has taken huge steps toward helping people decrease their carbon footprint and go green with models like the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Now, Toyota is making another innovative move by switching to biosynthetic rubber hoses under the hoods of its cars. Find out how this new development works and how it propels Toyota toward further sustainability.

How They’re Made

Hoses found in most cars in the industry have been made by petroleum-based rubber components. Toyota recently announced that it will begin fitting its vehicles with rubber engine hoses made from plant-based materials, in affiliation with Zeon Corporation and Sumitomo Riko Co., Ltd.

Toyota will first introduce this technology on vacuum hoses, because this biosynthetic rubber offers the oil resistance, heat resistance, and resilience needed for vacuum-sensing hoses in engines and drivetrains. In the future, consumers can expect these bio-hoses to be used for fuel lines and brake hoses, as well.

The Impact of This Change

From what Toyota has revealed, it is expected that the new plant-based hoses will help decrease the carbon footprint by about 20 percent over the outgoing petroleum-bases hoses.

Toyota’s Dedication to Energy Efficiency

In the 21st century, Toyota is helping lead the charge toward sustainable transportation in the United States and around the world. The 2016 Toyota Prius has been fully redesigned this year, and it’s the most fuel-efficient version of this hybrid hatchback to date.

Powered by a 1.8L inline-four engine and two electric motors, the Prius achieves an EPA-estimated 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway on conventional models and up to 58 mpg city and 53 mpg highway on the Prius Two Eco model. None of that prevents it from also getting a confident output of 121 hp.

Go Green at Toyota of Naperville

Stay up-to-date on the latest carbon-saving technologies at Toyota of Naperville, located at 1488 W. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, IL. Contact our sales team with any questions!