Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), Japanese auto major Toyota’s joint-venture with the Kirloskar Group in India, said it will bank on hybrid technology to meet norms related to emissions and fuel economy that come into effect in India between 2017 and 2020. “As far as CAFC (Corporate Average Fuel Consumption) and emission (BS VI) norms are concerned, there has to be more focus on hybrids. Pure hybrids address environmental concerns as well as help cut down fuel consumption with the added benefit of not requiring the charging infrastructure needed for full-electric vehicles,” said N Raja, Senior Vice-President (Sales & Marketing) and Director, TKM. “Toyota has fuel-cell technology too but infrastructure is a challenge in bringing such vehicles to India. Globally, Toyota has sold over nine million hybrids and has a portfolio of 30 hybrid vehicles. Strong hybrids are expensive and government support is required to promote the use of these vehicles. Localisation also has to happen to make them more attractive”, Raja added.