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Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, recently announced it will provide a full line-up of electrified vehicles, including unique versions of certain vehicles as well as vehicles developed specifically to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020).
GOING BEYOND CARS FOR THE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES, TOKYO 2020
Approximately 90 per cent of Toyota’s vehicles will be electrified at Tokyo 2020, aiming to achieve the lowest emission level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and reduce the burden on the environment.
With its electrified line-up, Toyota, together with the Tokyo Organising Committee of Toyota 2020, aims to achieve the lowest emission level of any official fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while also helping to reduce the environmental burden of the Games.
Electrified vehicles include Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) such as the hydrogen powered Mirai, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), the Prius PHV (known as Prius Prime in some markets) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), including the Accessible People Mover ‘APM’ and the e-Palette as well as TOYOTA Concept-i. Among the electrified vehicles provided, Toyota will include approximately 500 FCEVs and approximately 850 BEVs, the largest of any fleet for a Games to date.
Out of the 3,700 mobility products and/or vehicles for Tokyo 2020, 2,700 vehicles will be part of the official fleet providing transportation support between venues during the Olympic Games.
These will be commercially available vehicles, such as the Mirai. Preliminary calculations suggest that the CO2 emitted by the commercially available fleet for Tokyo 2020 will average less than 80 grams per kilometre*1, resulting in a reduction of approximately half the typical amount of a similar-sized fleet of mostly conventional petrol and diesel models.
Further reductions are anticipated during the Games when combined with Toyota’s other advanced mobility products and electrified vehicles, including the unique versions of vehicles and vehicles designed for use at the Games. Furthermore, to help avoid collisions and reduce/mitigate potential damage or injury, all of the commercially available vehicles for staff transportation support will come equipped with Toyota’s preventive safety technologies, including Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+.
Additionally, nearly all the commercially available vehicles will be equipped with Intelligent Clearance Sonar, designed to assist with braking in the event of unintended misapplication of the acceleration pedal.
Aside from the official fleet, Toyota will support Games operations with vehicles including the mass-transit Fuel Cell Bus ‘Sora’, assistive vehicles that help lift passengers into their seats or are equipped with attached slopes to allow passengers with wheelchairs to access the vehicles via the back doors, and other vehicles such as Fuel Cell Forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation.
UNIQUE VEHICLE VERSIONS FOR TOKYO 2020
Toyota Concept-I (Tokyo 2020 version)
With a characteristic ‘high-tech onemotion silhouette’ exterior design, the Concept-i will bring further excitement and attention to the Games through its activities as the operating vehicle for the Olympic torch relay and the lead vehicle in the marathon.
Also, the public roads surrounding the Toyota City Showcase ‘MEGA WEB’ in the Tokyo Odaiba/Toyosu area are expected to be used for test rides/ drives of vehicles with advanced driving technology. They include the Toyota Concept-i, which will demonstrate automated driving (SAE Level 4*3) and its functions, including ‘agent conversation’, which uses artificial intelligence to understand people, helping people to experience new ways to move as well as the future of ‘beloved cars’.
e-Palette (Tokyo 2020 version)
Toyota’s first BEV developed specifically for Autono-MaaS*2, the Tokyo 2020 e-Palettes will support the transportation needs of staff and athletes, with a dozen or more running on a continuous loop within the Olympic and Paralympic Villages.
With a low floor and electric slope and by stopping precisely at each stop, leaving little to no gap or opening between the kerb and the bus, the e-Palette will make travel easier for wheelchair passengers and support smooth transport over short distances.
The vehicle is anticipated to feature automated driving (up to SAE Level 4*3). In addition to having an operator aboard every vehicle to monitor the automated driving operation, Toyota will provide a digital control system to monitor the general operating conditions of the vehicle.
VEHICLES DEVELOPED SPECIFICALLY FOR TOKYO 2020
200 units to help attendees with special mobility needs travel within Tokyo 2020 event venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Ariake Tennis Park for ‘last one mile’ transportation and relief activities.
500 will be provided for the transport of Games staff around Tokyo 2020 official venues. Walking area BEVs Toyota will provide approximately 300 units of its standing-type personal mobility devices for use by security/ medical staff around and within Tokyo 2020 venues, such as the Olympic Stadium and Ariake Tennis Park.
Furthermore, Toyota is exploring the use of its sitting-type and wheelchair link personal mobility devices for those in wheelchairs and with difficulty walking.
*1 Calculation by Toyota based on information available in product catalogues. The PHEV calculation is based on Toyota calculation methods outlined in a report created on
1 March 2013 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. For some vehicles with special customisation for
Tokyo 2020, Toyota calculates fuel consumption according to the weight increase due to customisation, as of 23 August 2019. *2 A combination of ‘autonomous’ and ‘mobility as a service’, describing Toyota’s mobility services using automated driving vehicles. *3 SAE level references can be found here.