Toyota has been on the occasion of the 2020 Paralympics in the country of Japan to launch new models of eco-friendly electric cars.
Olympics and Paralympic games will take place in Tokyo next year, and official sponsors Toyota is planning to deploy battery-powered and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The automaker said it will supply “3,700 products and mobile vehicles” to the Olympics, 90% of which will operate with electric motors. That could be hybrid battery, electricity, hydrogen, or even gas-electricity. Of the 3,700 vehicles, 850 will run on batteries and 500 will be fuel cells.
Vehicles have all shapes and sizes: cars, buses, shuttles, scooters, motorbikes … Toyota sees the Olympics as a great opportunity to introduce experimental fuel vehicles and replace them. so. Obviously, Toyota’s primary goal is to reduce carbon emissions.
Toyota is a pioneer in the alternative fuel sector, with the release of the Prius hybrid in 1997. But since then, the company has lagged behind in the race to release high-end and mass electric vehicles. , has been overcome by businesses like Tesla, GM, Nissan and a number of other car manufacturers. The automaker said it will release 6 EVs starting from 2020 and last until 2025, turning the Olympics into a big stage to launch that product line. In addition, Toyota plans to release two new models that have been revealed earlier, and look more strange: the e-Palette and Concept-i.
Toyota envisions these electronic e-Palette serving a variety of functions, from typical mobile services such as sharing ride and carpooling, to less typical purposes such as serving as writing Mobile rooms and retail spaces, medical clinics, hotel rooms … But at the Olympics, the e-Palette will support the transportation needs of staff and athletes, with dozens or more The car runs on a continuous loop in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages. Toyota claims vehicles will be self-propelled at level 4, without drivers, but will be limited to a specific geographical area.
See Concept-i electric cars (first revealed in CES 2017) as a means of operating in torch relay and a leading vehicle in a marathon. It will serve as a platform for Toyota to express itself by artificial intelligence, thanks to the help of the virtual assistant “Yui” in the car, and assist in automatic driving.
And of course there will be scooters all sizes. Toyota plans to launch 300 standing electric motorbikes, as well as an unspecified number of individual seat-style and linked wheelchair mobile devices.
Most of these vehicles are ineffective in transporting large numbers of people compared to public transport modes such as subway, trains and buses. Tokyo is said to be struggling to secure enough buses to meet the needs of Olympic competitions, with organizers expected to need at most 2,000 buses a day for arenas around the city, and at least fold double the number of available drivers. So far, organizers can only supply 6,400 buses from the surrounding area, forcing the committee to expand its search.