Toyota Creates a New Plant Species to Green the Prius Factory

priusYes, you read that right.  Toyota, apparently concerned by the lack of horticulture in the auto industry, has developed two flower species to offset the pollution from the Prius factory in Japan.  One plant, derived from the cherry sage, has leaves that absorb nitrogen oxides.  The other is a gardenia that produces water vapor, lowering the temperature of the factory’s surroundings and reducing the power needed to cool the factory.

This creative PR stunt is part of Toyota’s efforts to reduce the Prius plants carbon emissions.  Since 1990, they’ve cut the emissions by 55 percent by using roof-mounted solar panels, photocatalytic paint on exterior walls, reflective solar tubes that provide interior light and even slow-growing grass that needs less mowing.  This is all smart, since Toyota has been criticized for carbon-intensive Prius production.

No word on whether the new Prius comes with Toyota flower seeds.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s