Bring Hybrid Mini-Vans to the U.S.
You know you should save gas when you drive, but you hate to give up your mini-van for a hybrid sedan, even if it is more fuel-efficient. How will you ever transport the kids, their friends, their sports gear, the dog, the groceries, and everything else from home to school to playing field and back again?
In Japan, families have a choice completely unavailable in America—a hybrid minivan with fuel economy on par with a compact car. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) estimates that the Toyota Estima Hybrid could reach around 35 miles per gallon in the United States. "That’s a whopping 50 percent improvement for a minivan," UCS says.
Toyota hopes to sell about 8,400 Estimas in Japan this year. UCS is encouraging Americans to “show Toyota that the demand for more fuel-economy focused hybrids is even stronger in America” by signing a petition it will deliver to Toyota executives on Memorial Day—the unofficial start of the summer driving (and higher gas price) season, and just before the Toyota annual shareholders meeting.
Let Toyota know you'd use your purse to buy an energy-efficient mini-van. You have until May 28 to sign the petition.