Toyota's biggest contribution thur far to the eco-friendly car world would undoubtedly be its hybrid technology, which graces over a million driveways all around the world in cars such as the Prius, the Camry Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. Automakers like Nissan even license the technology from Toyota, making the Hybrid Synergy Drive's impact on the marketplace extremely far reaching. But it's not the only gas-saving technology that the Japanese automaker has been working on. Just a few months ago, we slid behind the wheel of a Toyota SUV that was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, and the automaker is now saying that it plans to have a hydrogen-powered vehicle in production by 2015.
Don't expect Toyota to give up on hybrids altogether. Masatami Takimoto, an executive VP at Toyota, suggests that the automaker is dividing its resources into three categories: fully electric city cars, plug-ins and hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.