Toyota uses flower power to soften Prius


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Nov 22, 2010
What do you do when you are a super large car manufacturer on planet earth and the flagship green car you are building gets criticized for having a larger carbon footprint during manufacture than normal gas guzzlers? Put some flowers on it of course! At least, that is what Toyota did at their Prius manufacturing facility churning out their green hybrid. Not just any flowers at that but specially engineered flowers that gobble up bad gasses and release water vapor to cool down the factories they reside in.

Toyota’s flowers are derivatives of cherry sage and gardenia that efficiently absorb nitrogen oxides and remove heat from the atmosphere. The absorbed gases makes for lowered surface temperatures around the factory grounds–which means less energy used on cooling the plant.

All in all a very simple and elegant solution to a complex problem of shrinking that all important carbon footprint. The new flowers are Toyota’s latest attempt to make the oft-criticized Prius manufacturing process less emissions-intensive. It is still up in the air as to how effective this strategy really is but it is a brilliant effort none the less.

Toyota has reduced CO2 from its Prius plant by 55 percent since 1990. Even the grass grows more slowly thanks to some Toyota genius. They have a new grass variant that only requires mowing once a year, as opposed to 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. All in all, an exemplary effort!