Toyota has unveiled its sustainable mobility plans and concepts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
The Japanese automaker will provide sustainable mobility solutions to the athletes, officials, volunteers, accredited media, and spectators.
Yoshihiro Nakata, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe, said:
“When everyone is free to move, we are one step closer to the inclusive and sustainable society that Toyota is committed to building. That is what ‘Mobility for All’ means to us at Toyota. We share this vision with the IOC and the IPC. We want to support the athletes who devote their lives to sports and remove barriers to exercise their freedom to move.”
Toyota has claimed that they hope to make Paris 2024 the most innovative showcase of inclusive and sustainable mobility to date.
It will provide around 250 personal battery electric vehicles with front obstacle detection systems to ensure the safety of the drivers and those nearby.
For wheelchair users, Toyota will also provide wheelchair e-pullers. 50 of these will be available throughout the Paris 2024 Games in the athletes’ village. An additional 150 will be made available during the Paralympic Games opening ceremony to make sure that athletes in wheelchairs have easy access to join this unique event.
Toyota will offer these micro-mobility solutions as a shared mobility service powered by the KINTO Share mobile app.
In addition to personal micro-mobility solutions, Toyota will deploy around 250 zero tailpipe emission electric Accessible People Movers (APMs). Building on the vehicle’s success at the Tokyo 2020 Games, a new APM has been redesigned and built in Europe with the spirit of inclusivity in mind.
Toyota’s APMs are designed to support all athletes, as well as organisers, volunteers, and spectators with physical disabilities, including wheelchair users.
After Paris 2024, all vehicles will remain in the Paris region where they will be used to provide specialised personal transport services to people in wheelchairs.
Toyota will bring a 100% electrified passenger vehicle fleet to Paris, in line with its commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, said:
“Working with Toyota as global mobility partner of the Paris 2024 Games enables us to act towards a more accessible and inclusive mobility. And a more responsible one, too, as we focus on our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent for the Paris 2024 Games.”