19th July 2019 - Toyota Motor Corp. said today it will introduce around 200 electric vehicles specially designed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to transport staff, athletes and visitors, and support aid activities.

The box-shaped, six-seater vehicles, called Accessible People Mover, will also be used by people with impairments, those in wheelchairs, pregnant women and families with small children to move short distances within the venues.

The vehicles with no doors feature three rows of seating, with the driver’s seat positioned in the center of the front row.

The 2-meter high vehicles, equipped with wheelchair ramps, travel at a speed of up to 19 kilometers per hour, according to Toyota, a sponsor of the games.

Toyota Accessible People Mover for 2020 Tokyo Olympics; pure EV for last-mile transportation

Toyota Accessible People Mover for 2020 Tokyo Olympics; pure EV for last-mile transportation

In another version of the vehicle, some of the seats can be folded to make room for a stretcher.

“We developed the vehicle by utilizing our know-how for compact EVs. We hope that the vehicle will be used for a range of purposes and situations even after the Olympics,” said a Toyota official.

Aiming to showcase its self-driving and zero-emissions technology at the sports event, Toyota has said it will provide over 3,000 passenger vehicles for official use at the games, including the e-Palette autonomous electric vehicle, the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell car Mirai and Sora fuel-cell bus models.