Toyota to Provide Fully Electric Vehicle Lineup for 2020 Olympics
Toyota has announced it will provide a full lineup of electrified vehicles for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, including “unique versions of certain vehicles as well as vehicles developed specifically to support” the games.
Toyota’s goal, along with that of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, is to achieve the lowest emissions of any official fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the official worldwide partner of the games, Toyota will provide about 3,700 “mobility products and/or vehicles” for Tokyo 2020, almost 90 percent of which will be electrified.
Electrified vehicles include hybrid vehicles like the Prius, fuel cell vehicles like the Mirai, plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Prius Prime, and battery-electric vehicles like the e-Palette and Toyota Concept-i. Toyota says its fleet will feature about 500 fuel cell electric vehicles and 850 battery-electric vehicles, the largest of any fleet to date.
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Of these 3,700 vehicles, 2,700 will be part of the official fleet providing transportation between venues at the games. According to preliminary calculations, the CO2 the fleet will emit will average less than 80 g/km, about half of the amount you’d expect from a similarly sized fleet of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. The vehicles will all be equipped with Toyota Safety Sense or Lexus Safety System.
Toyota will also employ electrified mobility products specifically designed for use within venues, such as small electric shuttles and electric robots “that ‘move’ on behalf of you.” The automaker has also developed fuel cell forklifts and mass-transit fuel cell buses that can help lift passengers into their seats.
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