Less is More



Toyota revealed last month it would deploy a wide array of electrified and specialized vehicles in Tokyo next summer to raise mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games to a whole new level. Now, it’s beginning to share more of the details of this ambitious and innovative plan.

For example, Toyota says this fleet will be comprised of 3,700 mobility vehicles and products — nearly 90 percent of which will be electrified. The electrified mix will include:
  The majority of these vehicles will provide transportation for athletes, staff, media and spectators between venues during the Games.
 
Accessible People Mover -- This new concept in mobility aims to ensure those with physical impairments aren't excluded from enjoying the Games.
 

It’s projected this fleet will emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide than if all of the vehicles were powered by conventional gasoline and diesel engines. Further C02 reductions are anticipated as Toyota plans to supplement the commercial vehicles with advanced mobility products — such as its Accessible People Mover, e-Palette automated driving platform, AI-enhanced Toyota Concept-i and a mix of small one-person Walking Area BEVs.

Bottom line: Toyota intends to achieve the lowest emissions target for an official vehicle fleet at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

Mono Ride -- Here's one example of the small one-person Walking Area BEVs that will make their debut at the Games. 
 

Meanwhile, the safety of the athletes and fans will also be a top priority. All of the commercially-available vehicles on site will come fitted with Toyota Safety Sense or Lexus Safety System +. Most will also be equipped with Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), designed to assist with braking in the event of unintended misapplication of the acceleration pedal.

But that’s not all. Toyota vehicles will also play a role in mass transit — with the hydrogen-powered SORA bus — and in behind-the-scenes support — with Fuel Cell Forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation.
 
Want to dig deeper? Check out this press release.


 
By Dan Miller