With manufacturers making a stronger push towards zero emissions, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is bringing solutions closer to the younger generation. In a partnership with Mapúa University’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department, TMP kicked off its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) campus tour. The Mapúa grounds in Intramuros offered both students and faculty a firsthand look on the benefits of HEV technology through a symposium and an all-day test drive activity.
On the opening day of Mapúa’s Engineering Week, both the Toyota Prius and Prius C served as the centerpiece of the festivities.
“Our goal is to raise public awareness on the advantages of using HEV technology. There is no better way to start the advocacy than with our future engineers and craftsmen, who will shape our tomorrow”, said TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo during the ceremonial ribbon-cutting which had student council leaders alongside her. The event also happened to coincide with the MME Department’s 79th anniversary.
Conducting the symposium were technical experts from Toyota’s Santa Rosa, Laguna manufacturing plant. In all three one-hour symposia, the environmental impact of emissions from various energy sources, and how fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles like the Prius contribute to minimizing carbon footprints were discussed. As for the test drive activity, a dedicated area welcomed students for a short route with the Prius C hatchback. With a Toyota technical representative sitting in-car, the activity was enjoyed by almost a hundred student-drivers.
“It’s a real eye-opener for us,” said Paolo Napao, a 3rd year Manufacturing Engineering student. He is among the first to try out the Prius C and attend the educational seminar afterwards. “You barely notice the engine starting because it’s so quiet, and the self-charging battery makes it very convenient,” he added. Throughout the event, the students were able to break down the concept of synergy between the gas engine and electric motor plus battery of the Prius model.
With Mapúa kicking off the tour calendar, Toyota will soon bring the HEV campus tour to other schools and universities. As of writing, the University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University are slated to follow in the coming months. This TMP effort is aligned with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, posed by Toyota Motor Corporation President Mr. Akio Toyoda himself to promote a sustainable approach to the future of mobility.