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Old 10-28-2009, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Toyota Engineers Two New Flower Species to Offset Manufacturing Carbon


Toyota Flower Power If you think this vaguely Prius-shaped flower bed looks good, you should see the engineered flower freaks at the Prius plant PR Newswire


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Toyota's rivals have long complained that the popular Prius hybrid has a less-than-green legacy due to its manufacturing process. Now the car maker has flashed its green thumb by creating two new species of flower that help offset the carbon emissions from the Prius plant in Japan.

The new version of the cherry sage plant can absorb harmful greenhouse gases, such as nitrogen oxide, through its leaves. And Toyota's variant of the gardenia acts as a natural humidifier by creating water vapor in the air, to help cool the factory grounds, reducing the energy required for air conditioners.

The Age reports that Toyota has made a broader effort to reduce the Prius manufacturing footprint on the environment, and has managed to reduce CO2 from its Prius plant by 55 percent since 1990.

Even the grass grows more slowly thanks to some Toyota tinkering. The new grass variant only requires mowing once a year, as opposed to the old version that required mowing three times a year.

The Prius plant also boasts reflective solar tubes in the place of many electric lights, motion-sensitive lights in the toilet facilities, and an air-conditioning system used in moderation. We'd wager that these efforts may contribute more to Toyota's greening goal than flower power, but the genetic engineering is still a pretty stunt.

Toyota has recently debuted its plug-in version of the Prius, as a possible counter to GM's plug-in Volt slated for 2010. No word on whether it's seriously looking at any challenge posed by the electric Hummer, otherwise known as the "Prius-Stomping Green Machine."
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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wow, a PR stunt of huge magnitude...tree huggers rejoice!
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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The new grass variant only requires mowing once a year

I need some of this.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:54 PM   #4
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Boring cars, slow grass and chemical sucking weeds. They need the FT-86 on the road ASAP
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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Thank goodness with all the turmoil, uncertainty, and chaos in the world and in my life in general right now, I can always count on one thing........my extreme dislike of Toyota............
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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aaaaaand... when the flowers die they release all that carbon they stored up. yay!
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:30 PM   #7
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Sort of grew the wrong plants if they were trying to make more friends
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:23 PM   #8
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I can just picture this stuff growing like kudzu and causing massive reductions in C02 to the point that we enter an ice age 5.8 billion people die, and everyone is mandated to own a Hummer and leave it idling in a vain effort to produce C02.
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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A company being innovative and environmentally friendly? I can see why you are all so angry.
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:25 PM   #10
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A company being innovative and environmentally friendly? I can see why you are all so angry.
I know! They make an enviromentally friendly car with harmful manufacturing, now they try to clean up that manufacturing process! How dare they! Shame on you Toyota!
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:08 AM   #11
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I never understood the criticism of the Prius and how pollutants are released during the manufacturing process of the car...and shipping it...that's every car!

Anyway, the hybrid boat the Prius is shipped to America on is pretty clever I think.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:42 AM   #12
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Toyota must have the smartest engineers in the world. First the cart built to install the front wing in their F1 and now this...No more proof needed...
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:29 AM   #13
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I never understood the criticism of the Prius and how pollutants are released during the manufacturing process of the car...and shipping it...that's every car!

Anyway, the hybrid boat the Prius is shipped to America on is pretty clever I think.
It's not just that, it's the processes and the materials to make the batteries for them. Plus there is debate about how recyclable the batteries are. After a quick search it would seem the Prius' battery is more recyclable than most, however all official statements pertaining to that is very vague.
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as cool as this sounds, isn't it just getting borderline creepy now?
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Nope, all the eco-nazi's will rejoice.
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they need a new supra
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It's not just that, it's the processes and the materials to make the batteries for them. Plus there is debate about how recyclable the batteries are. After a quick search it would seem the Prius' battery is more recyclable than most, however all official statements pertaining to that is very vague.
Eh, yeah but every car has a battery in it and the lead-acid batteries are far worse than any Ni-mh battery. Nevertheless, Li-ion batteries are supposedly more recyclable and even retain some finanical value even after they are dead. Which is good since they won't last as long as the batteries we see in hybrids today.
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