Every automotive manufacturer in the industry is constantly working to improve the technologies within their product, to make them better, more efficient, more appealing. Some of those manufacturers aren’t only interested in improving their own product, but also reducing their products’ negative impact on the environment.
At a time when that is more important than ever, with green movements sweeping the globe, Toyota is constantly working on new projects to help the cause. The most recent project the company is pioneering revolves around biosynthetic rubber, and while you might not know what it is or how it is used, it represents a very important step in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 – so we’ll fill you in on some of the details.
Biohydrin & its Impact
Biohydrin is the name of the new biosynthetic rubber that Toyota has been working on, not by themselves but in partnership with both Zeon Corporation and Sumitomo Riko Co., Ltd. Toyota will become the first automotive manufacturer to utilize the product next month, by creating vacuum sensing hoses with the new rubber and installing them in Japanese-made Toyota vehicles.
What is the benefit of using this new material? A predicted 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions throughout the lifecycle of each material. This is thanks to the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere by the plants that were used to create the material. On top of the enhanced environmental impact, technologies used in the production of Biohydrin rubber assure the same level of resistances to things like oil and heat, as well as the same level of durability in comparison to old materials.
These new vacuum hoses will at first be utilized in the components found in the engine’s intake system, but eventually Toyota will roll out the material into other viable areas. We’re very excited about the environmentally-friendly future of Toyota vehicles!