In just ten years, Toyota Prius has gone from a niche vehicle to a global icon for efficiency, technology and responsibility. More than 880,000 have been sold, saving American drivers an estimated 657 million gallons of gas since the first one hit the road. While Prius has always meant a lot to the hybrid community, its mainstream popularity will grow as Toyota unveils the newest members of the Prius Family in 2011.
In an effort to increase fuel economy while reducing greenhouse gas pollution, President Obama announced the National Fuel Efficiency Policy. This policy would require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 mpg by 2016 and would potentially save 1.8 billion barrels of oil during the life of the program. The green movement didn’t stop here, as a popular magazine named Green Mountain College the “greenest college in the nation.” Great scores in efficiency, food, transportation and administration investments helped move them to the top.
2010 also ushered in one of the most fuel-efficient airplanes in history. The Boeing 787, or Dreamliner™, uses 20 percent less fuel than similar planes and made its first air show appearance at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, England. The 787 proved to the public that it’s possible to go farther on less fuel while achieving the speeds of today’s fastest wide-body jets.