Toyota to showcase green models at Tokyo Olympics

Toyota has revealed its plans for supporting mobility at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, with many of its advanced technologies set to be put to good use.

With two years to go, Toyota has based its plans around three main ideas: Mobility for all, Sustainability - focusing on the environment and safety as part of a hydrogen society, and transportation of staff, media, and athletes using the Toyota Production System (TPS).

Supporting these concepts are a wide-ranging fleet of vehicles from Toyota's current portfolio, and those currently only found in concept form to date.

The likes of the e-Palette - revealed earlier this year - will serve as a ride sharing system. The modular electric platform can have a range of body types fitted on top, and will shuttle competitors around the Athlete's Village.

Toyota's compact i-Road electric vehicle and a personal 'standing-riding device' will support staff transportation around the games, and autonomous vehicles will be demonstrated in certain areas of Tokyo.

The Japanese firm's support of hydrogen fuel cell technology will also be evident, with fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) including the Mirai saloon, Sora bus, and forklifts supporting the games. New pure-electric models that are yet to be launched will be involved too.

Overall, Toyota's varied powertrain portfolio - comprising pure-electric, plug-in hybrid, conventional hybrid, and FCEVs - will be on show in a practical sense, from both the Toyota and Lexus brands.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:25th Jul 2018

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