Demonstrating the growing capability of electric vehicles, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that the fleet moving the staff of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 will be almost entirely electric.
Combining hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles, plug in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, some of the vehicles are widely available on the market while others have been developed specifically for the 2020 games.
Along with the Tokyo Organising Committee, Toyota hopes to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official fleet used at an Olympic and Paralympic Games, while reducing the overall environmental burden of the Games.
In total, roughly 3,700 devices will be assembled for the 2020 fleet, 90 per cent of which will be electric. 500 of these vehicles will be powered by fuel cells, and 850 will be run on electric batteries, highlighting the emerging capabilities of these technologies.
The vehicles will provide transport between venues, and by being electric, half of the typical amount of emissions will be released by this transportation.
In addition to the electrification of the fleet, Toyota’s smart sensing systems will be on display, with the Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System + installed on all vehicles used for staff transportation, as well as intelligence clearance sonar.
The use of hydrogen, which Toyota is pursing with its Mirai model which runs on a hydrogen fuel cell, is one of the three pillars by which Toyota is developing its games strategy. The other two pillars are mobility for all, and the utilisation of the Toyota Production System for Transportation.
These pillars have resulted in solutions to mobility which account for special mobility needs, such as low floor autonomous buses and personal mobility devices for those in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking.