By on September 2, 2010

Toyota has been selling many hybrids since they introduced the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV minibus in 1997. A few months later, they started mass-production of the Prius, and it’s been a runaway hit. In Japan, the Prius is leading the charts. The Toyota hybrid system is available in minivans, SUVs and sedans. Nine TMC-produced hybrid passenger vehicle models and three hybrid commercial vehicle models are sold in Japan. Outside Japan, eight hybrid passenger vehicle models are sold in approximately 80 countries.  So far, Toyota has sold  2.68 million hybrids throughout the world. Of course, Toyota is proud of that achievement. But what are they really proud of? That they have saved the world from a huge pile of dangerous dirt.

Through their hybrid technology, Toyota has spared the planet 15 million tons of  CO2. The very gas that is guilty of global warming. Allegedly. Now picture that: 15 million tons saved! Having a  hard time visualizing success? The Australian site Advertiser Talk tried to put it in terms anybody can understand

  • “Measured at sea level, that quantity of CO2 equates to more than 7.28 billion cubic meters of gases.” Come on, we are metrically challenged.
  • “Imagine a container that is two storeys (six meters) high and one meter wide that stretches almost 60 times around the equator.” Hard to imagine?  I’m having problems imagining a container that is 6 meter  high – once it starts winding around the globe, they lose me. So how about:
  • “Rather than imagining a massive equatorial container, that amount of CO2 would fill the 1.7 million cubic meters of the Melbourne Cricket Ground at least 4,285 times. That’s once a week for more than 82 years.” Not doing it for you, simply because you don’t get cricket? So let’s say …
  • “Alternatively, it would blanket 90 percent of NSW to a depth of one centimeter – or envelop both Victoria and Tasmania with a 2.2cm covering.” That’s a bit shallow, don’t you think? But we are slowly getting there.

Still not connecting with you? How about 20,681 Lake Meades? 308 times the contents of the Lake Baikal? 93 times the  Caspian Sea? Can you picture it now? No?

Just take their word for it then: They saved you a whole shitload of shit.

(Disclaimer. Due to mindboglification,  TTAC will not be responsible for damages caused  by mathematical errors.)

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11 Comments on “Toyota Prius Saves Large Parts Of Australia From Being Covered By Noxious Gases...”

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    since they introduced the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV minibus in 1979

    um… shouldn’t that be 1997 Bertel?

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    How proud are they for developing a truck for North America that gets 15/17 mpg? Or a SUV at 13/18 mpg? Both worst of any of their competitors mpg’s with the exception of the Hummer, and much later than the Prius.

    Honestly, I don’t think they are too concerned with saving us a shitload of shit but rather making a boatload of money. As Seinfeld would say, “not that there’s anything wrong with that “.

    • 0 avatar

      Sequoia gets worse MPG than Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Yukon XL
      Tundra gets the worst fleet fuel economy for standard V8 engine, with the smallest V8 and least powerful V8 in its class.
      The Sienna AWD minivan gets worse MPG than a GMC Acadia for cripe sakes.
      Up until 2010 the FJ Cruiser got the same MPG as a Hummer H3
      The Scion tC gets worse MPG than the 312 HP Camaro and 306 HP Mustang.
      Toyota is anything but a green company, but they’ve done a tremendous job of green washing consumers.

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    1979 … looks about right to me! Guess they’ll need to revise their CO2 savings figures – 1cm depth over the entire Australian continent?

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    Robert Schwartz

    “dangerous dirt.”

    Rubbish. CO2 is a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas. Its presence in the atmosphere is absolutely necessary for life on this planet. The amount in the Earth’s atmosphere at sea level presently is less than 400 parts per million, or, .04%.

    The mass of the Earth’s atmosphere is about 5 quadrillion (5*10e15) tonnes, and, .04% of that is 20 trillion tonnes. 15 million tonnes is less than .0001% of that. It is literally nothing.

    • 0 avatar

      Not to mention that plants love that stuff. They continuously recycle CO2, althogh there is some debate how quickly all these quadrillions of tonns completely cycle over. If not for Toyota, our crops would’ve been 0.0001% bushier.

    • 0 avatar

      Toyota.  Starving plants of critical nutrients since 1997.

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      It’s non-toxic, and it being colorless means it’s transparent to visible light, but it isn’t transparent to light in the 13-17 micron wavelength range (infrared).  That’s generally a good thing for life on earth, but you can have too much of a good thing!  (Not that life would end… it’s just that human civilization would become more expensive to sustain.)

      And about 50 times as much CO2 is in the oceans, either dissolved in the water or trapped in carbonates.  It’s absorbed to an equilibrium point, which rises as the atmosphere’s concentration increases.  The carbonates are all over the place, like on land; one of the likely mechanisms for exiting an ice age is erosion breaking down carbonates and releasing that CO2 into the atmosphere.

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      But… but… but… the tipping point! The single feather that’ll push us all over the edge! Wait… nobody breathe!
      One vexingly strange part of global warming science is the apparent blindness the mainstream media and lobby groups have towards the possibility that there’s absolutely nothing we can do about CO2 levels, and that we ought to be looking at doing other things to stave off the big sweat… like making reflective parasols for penguins, or enacting laws requiring everyone to have white roofs on their cars and houses…

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    Metric is not hard. The US is about the only country in the world not using it in any official fashion. That doesn’t mean the facts presented are wrong. It tells us the readers are ignorant of the most common and trivially understood measuring system used by over 5 billion folks daily.
    Shame on Bertel because as a German, he would have known no other measuring system until he had to face the idiocy of measuring things in furlongs per hogshead or similar.
    The MCG is a very, very, very big ground. It holds 100,000 folks. The MCG is one of two photos in the Wikipedia entry ( the other being the Indy raceway.
    NSW is big. Covering the entire state to a depth of 2.2 cm is huge. We have flooding like that at the moment, breaking our 13 year drought, and it will take a few years for all the water to go away.
    Even if you don’t believe in climate change, what if you’re wrong? Acting the same as we’ve always done means you’ve just given our children’s children no chance to use oil, which we squander in huge trucks and cheap plastic bits and bobs. We should be conserving our oil for important things, and sooner or later, we simply have to stop burning it for moving around when there are cheap and viable alternatives.
    We need oil and gas for things that cannot be made in any other way, such as medicines, gases important to industry, and so on.
    We should conserve oil wherever we can. Minivans that can halve their fuel use, say by using 10 l/100 km instead of 20 l/100 km, not only saves money to the owner of the minivan every day, but it means there’s 10 litres left every 100 km the minivan travels to use in the future, with no diminished loss of lifestyle or luxury. It’s a win-win.
    There’s nothing wrong with being conservative in its true sense.

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