Toyota going all-out with electric vehicles for the 2020 Olympics

The next Olympics and Paralympic Games will come to Tokyo, and Toyota, the official vehicle supplier, is planning a massive deployment of battery electric and hydrogen powered vehicles.

Car manufacturers have said they will provide “3,700 mobility products and / or vehicles” to the Olympics, 90 percent of which will be “electricalized”. This can mean a battery, hydrogen or gas electric hybrid. Of the 3,700 vehicles, 850 are battery-electric and 500 are fuel cell-electric.

Available in all shapes and sizes, including vehicles, buses, shuttles, scooters, mopeds, and more. Toyota sees the Olympics as a great opportunity to experiment and showcase its lineup of alternative fuel-powered machines.

Obviously Toyota's main point is reducing carbon emissions. According to the company's press release:

3,700 mobility products and / or vehicles for Tokyo 2020, 2,700 vehicles will be part of the official vehicle that provides inter-stadium transport assistance during the Olympics. These will be commercially available vehicles such as Mirai. Preliminary calculations show that the average amount of CO2 emitted from commercially available vehicles in Tokyo 2020 is less than 80 g / km * 1, which is about 60% reduction. Toyota aims to achieve the lowest emission target level of all official fleets used in the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

[…] Of course, Toyota was a pioneer in the field of alternative fuels with the introduction of the Hybrid Prius in 1997. But since then, it has fallen behind in competition to launch premium and mass-market electric cars that Tesla has overtaken. , GM, Nissan, etc. The automaker will launch six new electric cars from 2020 to 2025, making the Olympics a great stage to start its lineup.

Toyota also plans to release two previously released (looking strange) concept vehicles. I. The e-pallet, unveiled at CES in 2018, described it as "a weird, see-through autonomous box that travels around the city and delivers people, packages and pizza."

toyota going all out with electric vehicles for the 2020 olympics

Toyota has a range of features, ranging from general mobility services such as ride sharing and carpooling to less common purposes such as mobile office and retail spaces, medical clinics and hotel rooms. At the Olympics, however, the e-pallet "will run more than 12 consecutive loops within the Olympic and Paralympic Village, supporting the transport needs of employees and athletes," Toyota said. They do not need human drivers, but they are localized in certain areas.

Concept-i (first unveiled at CES 2017) will be Toyota's main stage with the torch relay's working car and the marathon's main car. Toyota acts as a platform that shows both AI-driven work, courtesy of AI assistant in-car "Yui", and automated driving tasks.

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Of course there will be scooters of all stripes and sizes. Toyota plans to launch 300 standing electric scooters and an unspecified number of "seat and wheelchair connected personal mobility devices."

Most vehicles are inefficient for carrying large numbers of people compared to public transportation. Tokyo, such as subways, trains and buses, is struggling to secure enough buses to meet the demands of the Olympic Games, and the organizing committee needs up to 2,000 buses a day for the stadiums around the city and at least double that number. It is expected to be. To date, the organizer has produced only 6,400 buses in the surrounding area, which has been widened by the Commission.

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