With two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toyota has revealed a mobility concept that will become the basis for its Tokyo 2020 Games activities. This concept is organized around three main pillars: (1) Mobility for all; (2) Sustainability, centering on the realization of a hydrogen society, with the environment and safety as core principles; and (3) Transportation support of staff, media and athletes between Games venues using a Toyota Production System-based system.
Toyota believes that giving unprecedented access to people including those with impairments brings the notion of mobility back to its most fundamental meaning: the freedom to move. In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the company would like to help make Tokyo, the first host city to welcome both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games for the second time, a global showcase for ‘Mobility for All’.
“The freedom of being mobile is at the heart of being able to participate in society,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “If someone wants to take on a challenge and moving is what is preventing them from doing so, Toyota would like to help tackle that problem. We want mobility to be a possibility, not an obstacle. By being involved with the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Special Olympics Games, I hope that Toyota will come to respect everyone’s uniqueness and embrace diversity. Once that is realized, we will finally be able to take a step closer to our goal of “mobility for all” and ensure, like athletes show us every day, that being mobile equals having a chance to make one’s dreams come true.”
Toyota became the first worldwide mobility partner of the IOC and the IPC in 2015 with the aim to contribute to ‘creating a peaceful society without discrimination through sports’ and ‘a commitment to creating a sustainable society through mobility’. The product categories covered by the Toyota sponsorship are: vehicles, mobility services and certain transportation and mobility support products (including robots).
Toyota plans to contribute to sustainable Games by providing a fleet of over 3,000 passenger vehicles for official use and others, equipped with the latest environmental and safety technologies to minimize environmental burden and traffic accidents.
In order to make Tokyo 2020 a turning point in realizing a hydrogen society, the company will support the Games and their legacy with a large number of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Mirai sedan for official use. In addition, the Fuel Cell Bus “Sora,” as well as Fuel Cell forklifts. In addition to the FCEVs, there will also be the latest hybrid and EV models from the Toyota and Lexus line-ups making up the rest of the fleet. The company and the Games’ organisers aim to achieve the lowest vehicle emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It is estimated that 15 million visitors will join Tokyo’s 15 million citizens during the Games period. To ensure that the city can maintain its efficiency and provide safe and effective transportation between venues for those using the official fleet, the company will provide the knowledge it has garnered over years of experience applying the Toyota Production System.
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