Toyota ranks last among the world’s best automakers for climate performance

A white Toyota Hilux at a car show.

Australia’s most popular automaker is lagging behind when it comes to climate credentials, according to a report that ranks the world’s top automakers.

Toyota scored lowest overall for second consecutive year Greenpeace’s annual Automotive Environment Guide for 2022followed by Honda and Nissan, both of which are down three places from last year’s report.

The rankings are based on manufacturers’ progress in decarbonising their supply chains, phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, and reducing resources and efficiency.

Electric sales in 2021 vehicles more than doubled to more than 5 percent of the world market. However, according to today’s report, that increase was not evenly distributed among all automakers.

In the transition to “zero-emission vehicles” category, companies were ranked based on the share of their total sales that were powered by all-electric or hydrogen fuel cells.

Toyota, whose Hilux model is consistently Australia’s best-selling car, sold the lowest number of all-electric vehicles relative to their total sales, among the top 10 largest auto companies worldwide.

“By 2021, 499 of every 500 vehicles Toyota sold were powered by fossil fuels,” the report said.

Although Toyota sells a significant number of hybrid vehicles, these cars combine an electric motor with a combustion engine and therefore still producing emissions, said Violette Snow, a Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner.

“Emission-free vehicles accounted for 0.2 percent of Toyota’s sales in 2021,” Snow said.

Manufacturers were rated based on their ICE phase-out, supply chain decarbonisation, and resource reduction and efficiency.(Delivered: Greenpeace)