The world’s second largest car manufacturer, Toyota is the world’s market leader for the sale of hybrid electric cars and has been instrumental in encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. The Toyota Prius was undoubtedly the first true consumer electric hybrid car to be produced for the mass market and has sold over 6 million units since it first started in 1997.
Toyota, as part of the Toyota Motor Corporation, along with Lexus have over 33 different hybrid car models and are visible in over 90 countries worldwide. Toyota have long led the charge for hybrid engines, hybrid plug-ins and all-electric vehicles.
Their latest venture is the creation and use of hydrogen fuel-cells in the next step to cleaner and affordable consumer cars. Toyota are so committed to encouraging cleaner technology that in 2015 the company released 5,600 patents for free use until 2020 in a bid to promote hydrogen fuel-cell technology.