No, its a credit to Sanden or Nippondenso (whoever built it). Toyota doesn't build AC systems. And yes, electric AC IS the way of the future. GM was even looking at that even for non-hybrids before their current problems. There is a move afoot to raise all future conventional car electric system voltages up to ~50 volts to better handle electric assist steering, electric assist brakes, and electric AC compressors.
Originally Posted By: ekpolk
The Toyota hybrid AC is a credit to Toyota engineering. .