Currently reading: Toyota argues case for UK hybrid sales after 2030
The Japanese firm believes it can demonstrate its hybrid cars have a significant zero-emission capability

Toyota is pinning its hopes on the high percentage of zero-emission driving performed by its hybrids to persuade the UK government to allow the company to keep selling them here after 2030, head of UK manufacturing Richard Kenworthy has said.

The government has said only combustion-engined cars with a “significant zero-emission capability” can be sold in the UK after 2030 until the end of 2034, but it has yet to define what that means.

“What we can demonstrate is that 80% of the time and 50% of the distance is zero emissions for hybrids in urban environments,” Kenworthy told Autocar, referring to data taken from hybrid models on the road.

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