Construction equipment giant JCB has made the switch to self-charging hybrid electric technology by replacing its sales team’s fleet with 40 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports models.
The handover of the first 20 vehicles took place at the company’s Rocester headquarters in Staffordshire.
The British-built Corolla estates are all powered by Toyota’s highly efficient 1.8-litre hybrid system and are in Icon Tech specification.
The company’s decision to adopt Toyota hybrids reflects its commitment to developing new generations of electric vehicles.
Its expansion of its range of E-TECH all-electric models in 2020 saw the introduction of a fast-charge mini excavator and Loadall telehandler models.
Like Toyota, JCB is also investing in hydrogen as a fuel of the future, developing the construction industry’s first hydrogen-powered excavator.
“JCB is making great strides in developing low emissions technology to power its range of construction equipment and we are delighted to complement this strategy with the introduction of self-charging hybrid cars into our fleet,” said JCB Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner.
“It’s also very pleasing to be able to support another global business which manufactures on the doorstep of JCB and one which makes such an important contribution to the regional economy.”