TOYOTA CITY, JAPAN (Oct. 20, 2:55 p.m. ET) — Toyota Motor Corp. is using a bio-based PET in 80 percent of the total interior surface of its new Sai gasoline-electric hybrid, increasing its use of materials from renewable sources.
The bulk of the sugar cane-based “Ecological Plastic” is in non-woven carpet and seat fabric, but the Toyota City-based Japanese carmaker said in an Oct. 11 news release that it is an important part of its development of alternative materials.
The Sai is sold only in Japan. Toyota released a previous version of it with 60 percent of its interior using bio-based PET. It also is using a sugar cane PET developed by supplier Toyota Tsusho Corp. in the trunk of its 2011 Lexus CT200h compact hybrid.
Toyota also developed a polylactic acid plastic for the trunk in its Japanese market Raum compact car in 2003.
The carmaker said it will continue to push the development of new technology and applications for bio-based materials.