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As we evolve from a traditional car company to a mobility company, our commitment to sustainability echoes out through our communities, our fleet electrification, and our dedication to provide mobility to all.
The future is electric, and this year we saw the announcement of our first All-Electric car, the bZ4X SUV. It’s the start of a range of upcoming All-Electric cars that will be launched in New Zealand in years to come. The bZ4X will introduce new technology with zero emissions.
We are committed to reducing at least 46% of our overall production and tailpipe emissions by 2030. With over 41% of our new vehicles sold in 2023 being electrified, we are making positive and necessary progress towards our 2030 emissions target. We've also increased the amount of hybrid batteries collected and recycled this year, another step on the journey towards our sustainable future.
In 2022, we partnered with The Ākina Foundation and Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA) to launch the Waka Aronui programme, designed to help South Auckland whānau into low emission vehicles. The programme provides safe and reliable hybrid Toyota Corolla station wagons at an affordable weekly price. Delivering both social impact through fuel savings and environmental impact through lower emissions – it's a positive step towards mobility for all.
In early 2023, New Zealand faced extreme weather events, severely impacting our local operations and communities. These events tested our resilience and commitment to sustainability. During these challenges, dedicated staff and Store partners demonstrated unwavering support, volunteering their time and resources to assist affected communities.
Toyota Stores, Toyota New Zealand, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Toyota Vehicle Insurance collectively raised almost $250,000 towards the support and recovery of the worst affected regions. It was a true and genuine demonstration of the culture and spirit within our One Toyota family.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand (TGRNZ) continues the journey towards a more sustainable future, after a successful test programme using carbon neutral fuel. Carbon neutral fuels are part of a larger family of fully fossil-free synthetic fuels, blended from chemical components derived from bio-alcohols or from e-Fuel or Power to Liquid. The test programme confirmed there was no significant loss of performance or reliability. TGRNZ are looking to introduce the fuel to our Toyota 86 Championship in New Zealand as soon as possible.