Toyota Kirloskar Motor has lent a hand to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to kick-start the Future Mobility Show 2019 at Bangalore Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru. Organised by CII, FMS 2019 is one of the biggest platform for the auto industry, government and academia to collaborate to find sustainable mobility solutions for the nation. This association is in line with Toyota’s continuous efforts to provide a cleaner, greener, safer, technology agnostic ecosystem for the nation.
The Future Mobility Show is scheduled from 26th-28th February 2019, with an objective to present a holistic view for India’s future mobility, including products, technological advancements and innovations, sustainable ecosystem. FMS is conceptualised keeping in view the Prime Minister’s 7C vision on future mobility in India – common, connected, convenient, congestion-free, charged, clean and cutting-edge.
TKM has installed in-house solar power plants at roof tops and ground at its facility at Bidadi which has a combined capacity of 8.4 MW of electricity. Between FY15-16 to FY17-18, TKM’s renewable energy sourcing percentage has increased from 15 per cent to 65 per cent. With the available provisions of ‘wheeling and banking’ and ‘no cross subsidy’ TKM has strategically planned its renewable energy sourcing plan and has successfully decreased its CO2 emissions consistently. In the month of October 2018, TKM sourced 100 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable power. In FY18-19, TKM has sourced 87 per cent of its total electricity consumed from renewable sources. Through the renewable power sourcing in first three quarters of FY2018-19, TKM has avoided the emission of more than 51,000 tonne of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.
Through various initiatives like, adoption of reverse refrigeration system, centralised control of chillers, adoption of smart ACs, Toyota has reduced significant quantity of CO2. The company is also putting enormous efforts to reduce its energy consumptions through controlling and reducing daily energy consumption through continuous improvements in the operation process through Kaizens. With all its efforts of reducing the emission from its manufacturing plant, Toyota is declared as a model plant for its “Zero CO2 plant” challenge among the Asia- Pacific affiliates.
The company is making continuous efforts in developing alternate mobility technologies such as BEVs, HEVs, FCVs towards the conservation of the environment. As a responsible company and catching the pulse of tomorrow, Toyota launched the Camry Hybrid in India in the year 2013, First Strong Hybrid or self-charging electric vehicle that is assembled in India. In the beginning of 2019, Toyota launched the much more advanced Camry Hybrid EV in India, moving one step ahead in leading the way towards a cleaner and greener future for the nation. Globally, Toyota celebrates 12 million hybrids or self-charging EVs on road saving 92 million tonne of CO2 and 35 billion litres of fuel.
Speaking on this occasion, Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “As a responsible auto manufacturer, we believe that we have a bigger role to play in the nation by addressing the problems of safety, energy security and emissions. We are happy to support the Future Mobility Show 2019 organised by CII which will prove to be a great knowledge sharing platform in the presence of important stakeholders from the industry. Toyota globally believes in creating a smart mobility driven society with integrated approach connecting people, vehicles and the society. Our focus is to create an ever-better society making mobility more enjoyable, safe, energy efficient and congestion free. Over the years, Toyota has been engineering varied technologies worldwide by adopting more scientific and systematic approach to achieve ZERO carbon emissions.”
Toyota has always been at the forefront of pioneering advanced technologies which are towards solving national issue in the countries it operates in. In Toyota’s vision of future mobility, all electrified vehicle technologies will remain relevant, where small-size EVs would cover short distance commute, while HEVs/PHVs include passenger cars [mid-size vehicles covering medium range] and FCVs would be for buses/trucks [long-distance range]. “Different categories of mobility zones will emerge with suitable application of energy [such as electricity, gasoline, diesel, biofuel, CNG, synthetic fuels, hydrogen, etc] for varied powertrains. Thus, we believe that technology agnostic approach will effectively support smooth mobility technology shift,” added Kirloskar.
Sharing his thoughts on Future Mobility, Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said “In line with Toyota’s Environment Challenge 2050, we globally believe that the electrification of vehicles is required to reduce CO2 emissions for a cleaner and greener planet. Toyota has been a pioneer in the electrified vehicle space with the Prius, which is the first mass produced electrified car 20 years ago. Considering the pressing issues of fuel emission, high oil import dependency, energy security, we see alternate powertrains such as HV, PHEV, etc. as the ideal solutions for Indian scenario. We hope that the government will continue to extend the needed support to promote Hybrids (self charging EV) in the country, which Toyota believes have a future in the technology agnostic world.”
TKM was recently honoured with the award for ‘Significant Achievement in Environment Management’ awarded by CII-ITC Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) under the category ‘Environment Domain’ of CII ITC Sustainability Award 2018. The company made multifold efforts in incorporating green technologies for production, optimisation of renewable energy utilisation within the plant, its green product portfolio and handholding its supply chain partners in enhancing their environmental performance.