• Oct 30, 2009

Automakers make cars and trucks, no surprises there. Some even make other interesting things, like Honda, which also builds motorcycles, lawn mowers, jets, robots and solar cells. But until now, we haven't heard of any car company that develops its own species of flowers. Thankfully, Toyota has reportedly stepped in to correct that oversight by creating two new derivatives of the cherry sage and gardenia at its factory in Toyota City, Japan.

This is the plant where the Japanese automaker assembles the Prius hybrid, which seems fitting since the flowers were specifically chosen for their ability to absorb nitrogen oxides and create water vapor. These attributes clean the surrounding air and lower temperatures at the factory.

Other environmentally-friendly efforts at the plant include roof-mounted solar panels, photocatalytic paint on exterior walls, reflective solar tubes that provide interior light and even slow-growing grass that only needs to be mowed twice per year (we've got dibs). According to Toyota, these initiatives help lower the carbon footprint at the plant, which is a good thing since production of the Prius hybrid is a carbon-intensive operation.

[Source: drive.com.au]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How long until Toyota develops an alternative to oxygen?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a related note, I pulled up to a stop lite yesterday and in the two lanes ahead of me were a Prius and to the left was an Aztec. Almost could'nt tell them apart. And they say the Aztec was one of the ugliest cars ever built.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So these flowers absorb NOx? Hell, line the highways with them and sell me a diesel without the hippie juice!
      Gil
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I smoke it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      gag me with a spoon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure 99% of the tree hugging, Al Gore blowing hipsters just happened to overlook the last part of the jump saying how the creation of the prius is a rather carbon INTENSE activity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry I can't hear you, MY M3 IS IDLING IN THE DRIVEWAY
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems to me that increasing the sub-par mileage of their SUVs would do much more for the environment than developing a flower that cleans air / produces vapor slightly better than other, already existing flowers. Even Chrysler figured out how to do a variable displacement system, but still no such system from Toyota... they were busy playing in the garden.

      BTW, according to the linked article, the factory's old grass was only mowed 3 times a year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Flower eugenics?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes they still have the 4Runner,Landcruiser,Sequoia,LX,RX etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yo where can i get that grass?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari does the same sort of thing in their one engine plants...They have trees and other plants to help regulate humidity. I guess just because it's related to the Prius it means it's stupid. (The Prius is stupid, what they're doing is not.) A lot of automotive plants are doing the same sort of things, they're just giving this one more attention.
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