Toyota Installs Electric Mobility Sharing Station at Toyota City

Toyota Installs Electric Mobility Sharing Station at Toyota City Model Eco
District 
Toyota City, Japan, May 7, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Toyota Motor Corporation
(TMC) announces that it has installed a Smart Mobility Park electric mobility
charging station at Toyota Ecoful Town, its low-carbon society model district
located in Toyota City. 
While functioning as a hub for electric mobility sharing, the Smart Mobility
Park can also generate and store electrical power, making it possible to reduce
the burden on the electricity grid.  The station is based on the Toyota Smart
Mobility Park concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and features two
main aspects: 
1. Electric Mobility Sharing Hub 
The station functions as a hub for electric mobility vehicle sharing for short
distance travel and is planned for use as a Ha:mo(1) Ride(2) station from
autumn this year.  Ha:mo Ride is an electric mobility sharing service for short
distances such as the last few kilometers from the nearest public
transportation point to a final destination. 
Three "COMS" (produced by Toyota Auto Body) ultra-compact
single-occupant electric vehicles (EVs), and five "PAS" (produced by
Yamaha Motor) power-assisted bicycles have been set up for users to try out.
Vehicle rental is automated through the use of IC cards for authentication and
vehicle unlocking, and test drives of the COMS and PAS are possible within
Toyota Ecoful Town. 
2. Energy Management and Power Generation, Storage and Supply 
The station is equipped with solar power generating and electricity storage
functions so that it can charge vehicles using independently generated
electricity or power-grid electricity. It is also fitted with general household
power outlets so that, in times of emergency, it can also supply stored
electricity to electrical appliances. 
Station monitor displays show electricity-related information such as
generation and storage, power grid usage and vehicle charging status.  Values
are measured minute-by-minute and energy is managed so that electricity stored
during the night can be used to supplement insufficient power generation during
the day. 
Based on data gathered from households participating in Toyota City energy
data management systems (EDMS) verification tests(3), TMC plans to work with
regional EDMS to manage energy for charging stations and reduce the burden on
regional power grids. 
Since October 2012, TMC has been testing the urban transportation system Ha:mo
in cooperation with Toyota City and transportation operators(4).  Four vehicle
stations have been set up in Toyota City at Chukyo University and its nearest
public transport points to provide 11 COMS and 10 PAS units for use in the
Ha:mo Ride electric mobility sharing service.  This autumn, TMC plans to expand
the service area to central Toyota City and provide a fee-based service using
approximately 100 ultra-compact single-occupant EVs and 100 power-assisted
bicycles at 20 stations for 1,000 members. 
Main Specifications of the Smart Mobility Park at
http://www2.toyota.co.jp/en/news/13/05/0507.html.
Visuals(1):
http://www2.toyota.co.jp/jp/press/assets/company/image/tsmp_130507_01.jpg
Visuals(2):
http://www2.toyota.co.jp/jp/press/assets/company/image/tsmp_130507_02.jpg
Full press release (PDF): http://www2.toyota.co.jp/en/news/13/05/0507.pdf 
(1) "Ha:mo" is short for Harmonious Mobility Network, expressing
"Mobility harmonizing people and cities".  Click here for more
information regarding Ha:mo and its operational tests.
(2) Ha:mo Ride was adopted as part of the Next-Generation Energy and Social
Systems Demonstration conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
with operation testing beginning in Toyota City in October 2012.
(3) Implemented as part of the Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification
Project
(4) Aichi Loop Line Co., Ltd., Aichi Rapid Transit Co., Ltd., Chukyo
University, Toyota City, Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., Meitetsu
Kyosho, Ltd., Meitetsucom Co., Ltd., Meitetsu Bus Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor
Co., Ltd. 
About Toyota 
Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203;
NYSE: TM),  has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by
creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its
business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and
regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and
regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com. 
Contact: 
Toyota Motor Corporation
Public Affairs Division
Global Communications Department
Tel: +81-3-3817-9926 
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