Except in Europe, Toyota has shown little interest in diesel powerplants for anything but the Land Cruiser. Toyota even canceled plans to add a diesel engine to the U.S. Tundra pickup truck. But, a division of Toyota is currently in negotiations with the Philippine government for an investment in a jatropha plantation and biodiesel refinery.
Domestic Fuel's John Davis calls growing jatropha trees in Hawaii a "no-brainer." One of Hawaii's Senators, Daniel Akaka, is also in favor, and calls a recent $677,000 federal grant to the Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) to mass cultivate Jatropha curcas plant seedlings for commercial biodiesel production "an important step forward in our vision for a self sustaining energy future for Hawaii and our goal of significantly reducing green house gas emissions."