TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES (TMP) further strengthens its efforts to educate the public on the benefits of vehicle electrification by staging another leg of its Hybrid Campus Tour series in Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC), Mandaluyong. This whole-day event marks the first time that the all-new Corolla Altis hybrid variant is offered for a public test drive, following its introduction to the Philippine market last September.
A total of 465 students from different fields joined three batches of educational seminars, achieving the highest participation record to date for the Hybrid Campus Tour series since its inception in March 2019. Toyota’s technical experts also gave experiential lessons to the students and faculty through a whole-day test drive activity inside the school grounds. Almost 50 students signed up to try out the Prius C and the Corolla Altis hybrid.
“Toyota’s initiative reflects the global shift to cleaner energy sources, and addresses the numerous crises we are experiencing now,” said TMP First Vice-President Cristina Arevalo. “From energy conservation, transportation, and global warming, TMP wants to make sure that we are doing our part for a more sustainable future. We chose to start with university students because they are the shapers of tomorrow.”
Both faculty and students of Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science, and Aviation Mechanical Technology were able to experience firsthand Toyota’s hybrid technology.
Even student-trainees from Don Bosco’s Technical Vocational courses were given the chance to drive the hybrid vehicles and discover the inner workings behind each model’s seamless driving.
In a statement, DBTC Director Engr. Winston Dereje expounded: “We educate for life — this is the mission of all Don Bosco Educational Centers. Through this partnership between Don Bosco and Toyota, our students were able to understand the science behind hybrid tech, and how it helps the environment by lowering our carbon footprint. It is truly a technology with a soul, and an inspiration for the young to be lifelong learners.”
Aside from the hybrid electric cars, attendees in Don Bosco Technical College Mandaluyong were also treated to interactive displays like the stationary bike charger and multimedia exhibits.