- Approximately ninety per cent of Toyota vehicles at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be electrified, aiming to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to reduce the burden on the environment
- Toyota to develop unique versions of certain vehicles and vehicles initially for use during Tokyo 2020, offering a wide range of diverse mobility
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, today announced that it will provide a full line-up of electrified vehicles, including unique versions of certain vehicles and vehicles developed specifically to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020). Toyota, together with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, thereby also helping to reduce the Games’ environmental burden.
Toyota will provide around 3,700 mobility products and/or vehicles for Tokyo 2020. The majority – nearly 90 per cent – of the official vehicle fleet will be electrified. Electrified vehicles include hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) such as the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) such as the Prius Plug-in (known as Prius Prime in some markets), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), including the APM (Accessible People Mover) and the e-Palette as well as Toyota Concept-i, which will provide a unique and wide range of diverse mobility during Tokyo 2020. The electrified vehicles Toyota will provide will include approximately 500 FCEVs and approximately 850 BEVs, the largest number for any fleet for a Games to date.
Out of the approximately 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 Mirai, etc. Preliminary calculations suggest that CO2 emissions from the commercially available fleet for Tokyo 2020 will average less than 80g/km1, resulting in a reduction by approximately half of the typical amount when compared to a similar sized fleet of mostly conventional petrol and diesel models. Further reductions are anticipated during the Games, when this performance is combined with Toyota’s other advanced mobility products and/or electrified vehicles, including the unique versions of vehicles or vehicles designed for use at the Games. As such, Toyota aims to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Furthermore, to help avoid collisions and reduce or 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+. Nearly all the commercially available vehicles will also be equipped with Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), designed to assist with braking in the event of unintended use of the acceleration pedal.
Aside from the official fleet, Toyota will also support Games operations with other vehicles, including the mass-transit fuel cell bus Sora; assistive vehicles that will help lift passengers into their seats, or have a slope attached that passengers with wheelchairs can use to enter the vehicle via the back door; and other vehicles such as fuel cell forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation.
Toyota’s pillars for Tokyo 2020
Toyota’s three main pillars for Tokyo 2020 centre on: 1. Mobility for All, or allowing all people the freedom to move; 2. Sustainability, centring on the realisation of a hydrogen society (environment/safety); and 3. Transportation, support for the Games using the Toyota Production System (TPS). With these three pillars, Toyota aims to provide mobility solutions that go beyond the traditional provision of vehicles.
Through its full line-up of electrified vehicles to reduce environmental impact and mobility solutions that combine TPS with diverse mobility, Toyota will support smooth operations for Tokyo 2020, while also supporting the transport of those attending the Games, including staff, athletes and visitors. Furthermore, through its robots, Toyota will provide support for event operations and unique experiences, exceeding the general notion of what mobility means for the Games. These activities will be pursued while Toyota continues to challenge itself to provide Mobility for All by offering various mobility solutions to make Tokyo 2020 a one-of-a-kind event.
Below is an outline of the principal vehicles Toyota will provide.
- Vehicles developed specifically for Tokyo 2020
- Approximately 20 units to help attendees who have special mobility needs travel within Tokyo 2020 event venues, such as the Olympic Stadium and Ariake Tennis Park for “last mile” transportation and relief activities.
- Details of the APM were released on 18 July (full press release here).
- Unique vehicle versions for Tokyo 2020
E-Palette (Tokyo 2020 version)
- The Tokyo 2020 e-Palette, Toyota’s first BEV developed specifically for Autono-MaaS2, will support the transportation needs of staff and athletes, with a dozen or more vehicles running on a continuous loop within the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
- With a low floor and an electric slope, and by stopping precisely at each stop, leaving little or no gap or opening between the kerb and bus, the e-Palette will make travel easier for wheelchair passengers and support smooth transport over short distances.
- It is anticipated the vehicle will feature automated driving (up to SAE Leve43). As well as having an operator on board every vehicle to monitor the automated driving operation, Toyota will provide a digital control system to monitor the vehicle’s general operating conditions.
|Number of passengers
|Up to 20 (including one operator)
Up to 4 wheelchairs and 7 standing passengers
Toyota Concept-i (Tokyo 2020 version)
- With its characteristic “high-tech, one-motion silhouette” exterior design, the Concept-i hopes to bring further excitement and attention to the Games through its activities as the operating vehicle at the Olympic torch relay and lead vehicle in the marathon.
- In addition to the vehicles provided for the Games, the public roads around the Toyota City Showcase “MEGAWEB” in the Tokyo Odaiba/Toyosu area are expected to be used for test rides and drives of vehicles with advanced driving technology. These include the Toyota Concept-i, which will demonstrate automated driving (SAE Level43) and functions including “agent conversation.” This uses artificial intelligence to understand people, helping them experience new ways to move as well as the future of “beloved cars”.
|Number of passengers
|Up to 4
- Other vehicles
- Approximately 500 Mirai will be provided for the transport of Games’ staff around Tokyo 2020 official venues.
- For further details about Mirai, please see the press release here.
Walking area BEVs
- Toyota will provide approximately 300 of its standing-type personal mobility devices for use by security and medical staff, centring on and within Tokyo 2020 venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Ariake Tennis Park.
- Toyota is also exploring the use of its sitting-type and wheelchair-link personal mobility devices for people who use wheelchairs or have difficulty walking.
|Top speed (km/h)
*1 Calculation by Toyota based on information available in product catalogues. For PHEV calculation, this 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 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