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Toshiba to Start Car Sharing System Utilizing Solar Power in Lyon, France

  Toshiba to Start Car Sharing System Utilizing Solar Power in Lyon, France

          --business collaboration to solve urban traffic problems--

Business Wire

TOKYO -- October 14, 2013

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) and Toshiba Solutions Corporation today
announced that they have completed construction of a car sharing system for
the Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration Project. The system
implements Toshiba’s solar-power based electronic vehicle charge management
system and entered commercial operation today. It will be operated by
Proxiway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transdev. The system was under a
program organized by Japan’s NEDO (“New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization”).

This car sharing system is intended to ease traffic congestion and the lack of
parking spaces in the Lyon redevelopment area, and to point the way to next
generation traffic systems that will contribute to the realization of a low
carbon society. Thirty E-vehicles will be supported by each plug-in recharge
station, and three quick charge stations in addition. The project will run for
two years until December 2015.

Toshiba Group’s role is to build and maintain the system and its components,
including its Solar Power Generation Amount Forecasting System and Charging
Schedule Optimization System that optimizes use of renewable energy as an
energy source of electric vehicles. This predicts solar power generation
capacity on the basis of information from weather forecasts and climate
analysis, and combines this information with the status of reservations for EV
sharing and data from their electrical systems, to arrive at an optimized
allocation of the vehicles to users and optimal control over the electricity
charge schedule of each vehicle.

Photovoltaic power generation capacity is strongly influenced by the weather
and this can have a major impact on large systems based on solar energy.
Further challenge is optimizing power charging system management in a car
sharing service where demand for vehicles will fluctuate. Collaboration with
French partner in a commercial operation will allow Toshiba group to verify
the practical effectiveness of traffic systems that rely on renewable energy.

Toshiba Group will establish the applied technology and aim to expand business
through the participation in smart community related business.

                
Summary of the project
(1)   Area       Confluence Redevelopment District in Lyon, France
(2)   Term       From Oct 2013 to Dec 2015
(3)   Participant Company
      Coordinator
      Toshiba Corporation / Toshiba Solutions Corporation
      Participant Company (Japan)
      Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Automobile Company to supply Electronic
      Vehicle)
      Participant Company (France)
      Transdev (Car Sharing Company)
      Proxiway (100% owned company of Transdev to operate the transportation
      service)
      PSA Peugeot Citroen (Automobile Company to supply Electronic Vehicle)
      

France Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration Project

NEDO and Lyon introduce technology to achieve Positive Energy Building (PEV),
building that generates more energy by renewable energy than its’ consumption,
constructed under city’s redevelopment program, and to build a Solar Power
Remote Monitoring System that uses information-communication technology,
Electronic Vehicle Charge /Car Sharing System and Energy Management System
within the city’s redevelopment district. Toshiba Corporation is the
coordinator on Japan side of this demonstration project.

Contact:

Toshiba Corporation
Atsuko Miyashita, +81-3-3457-2105
Corporate Communications Division
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/contact/media.htm
 
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