Toyota’s Weight Saving Efforts Wins Brand Altair Enlighten Award! Recently, Toyota accepted the Altair Enlighten Award for its use of innovative weight reducing vehicle closure systems and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) inner panels of the Prius Prime liftgate at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS). In its 5th year, the Altair Enlighten Awards are the industry’s only award program created to acknowledge innovation in vehicle weight reduction.
One way Toyota impressed judges involved the company’s expansion of CFRP outside of the domain of exotic vehicles. This practice saw the Prius Prime shed 40% of its weight compared to an equivalently sized aluminum liftgate. This lighter weight boosts battery range and improves liftgate usability.
“We are excited to offer closure systems that are optimized to the unique mission of each vehicle,” said JP Flaharty, executive program manager at Toyota Motor North America Research & Development. “With CFRP applied to the Prius Prime liftgate and the Lexus LC side doors and luggage hatch, our customers recognize the light touch and high tech appearance of these sophisticated, lightweight door systems. Our entire development team is honored to receive this coveted award.”