Eco-Mobility and Empowered Sustenance

Toyota holds 3rd HEV campus tour with food partner Quorn at Don Bosco Technical College

Toyota’s advocacy for cleaner air—the Hybrid Electric Vehicle campus tour series—hopped over to Don Bosco Mandaluyong on October 2, 2019.

There’s no better way to complement the carbon footprint reduction of Toyota’s cars than by reducing our own body’s carbon footprints with the food we eat. For us at TessDrive, we do this by going meat-free with food partner Quorn, an environmentally sustainable source of high-quality meat-free protein food. For the entire day, Bosconians got a chance to taste Quorn’s meat-free sausage and fried burger.

This is Toyota Motor Philippines’ third HEV school campus tour, a series that supports Toyota’s environment initiative and has several programs dedicated to reducing carbon emissions by 2050. As part of its efforts to further spread awareness on vehicle electrification and its impact to our environment, TMP has partnered with several universities in the country for this Hybrid Electric Vehicle Campus Tour.

What makes this HEV campus tour unique is that there is not just one, or two hybrid vehicles, but three: The Prius sedan, the Prius C and the all-new Corolla Altis hybrid car. Bosconians have been given the chance to get up close to, and even drive, the Prius C and the Altis hybrid. Indeed, a new hybrid era begins for TMP and Filipino motorists.

Just last month, TMP made a huge leap to make Hybrid Electric Technology more accessible to more Filipinos by introducing a hybrid variant of one of its mainstream, big-volume models – the Corolla Altis Hybrid.

Toyota’s hybrid technology—using two drive systems between the gas engine and electric motor and battery—addresses the anxiety range presented by pure electric vehicles (EVs). The characteristics of its hybrid system include the ability to accurately use the gasoline engine and electric motors based on the current driving conditions which offer smooth and reactive driving while significantly minimizing fuel consumption and gas emissions.

Elijah Sue Marcial, Vice President of Toyota Motor Philippines, told the students: “What is electrification? In 2016, during the Paris Agreement, experts estimate that 1/5th of global carbon emissions come from the transport sector.

“With the test-drive and the symposium, it’s an overall plan to educate the younger generation and to make them see the benefits, the importance of this technology and better future not just for them, but also for their children and granchildren,” Marcial said.

Going meat-free, low carbon footprint with Quorn

The event’s food partner, UK-based meat replacement Quorn, brought meat-free sausage and meat-free southern fried burger.

Quorn impacts the environment far less than animal-sourced protein. Quorn, the world’s biggest meat replacement manufacturer, is now proudly Filipino-owned by Monde Nissin. Quorn knew from the start that it had to solve a nagging global food supply problem to meet the growing demand for the planet’s runaway population.

Animal-based foods, particularly on the current global scale of livestock production, represents the inefficient use of scarce land and water, and is a principal driver of deforestation, habitat destruction and species loss, and also embodies the heartless ways animals are treated and slaughtered.

A study from the University of Exeter found out that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, stimulates post-exercise muscle building to a greater extent than milk protein. An article from The Science Daily revealed that the British Nutrition Foundation already recommends mycoprotein as a good source of dietary protein, both for every life activity and for sport and exercise.

We at Tessdrive believe that the efforts to clean our air and bodies of water, and to protect and preserve the environment, would only be effective if all creatures—great and small—who live on ground or in the water, are likewise protected.

Let’s turn awareness into action. And let us act not just randomly, but holistically, comprehensively, with purpose. Individual acts may not be enough to make a difference. We need everyone pouring in their whole body and minds toward the goals of sustainability and compassion.