Toyota Updates Concept-i, e-Palette Autonomous EVs For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota will roll out a fleet of approximately 3,700 vehicles for the 2020 Olympics, 90 percent of which will be electrified.

The Japanese automaker says it aims to achieve “the lowest emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Following the reveal of the Accessible People Mover (APM) specially designed shuttle, Toyota has released details about two models modified for the Olympics: the e-Palette and Concept-i electric vehicles.

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The e-Palette is battery-electric shuttle with Level 4 autonomous driving capability that supports smooth transport over short distances. It features a low-floor and electrically-operated platform that leaves little to no gap or opening between the curb and the bus at stops. As a result, it’s designed to make travel easier for wheelchair passengers.

Toyota e-Palette for Tokyo 2020

A dozen or more e-Palettes will be running on a continuous loop within the Olympic and Paralympic Village, supporting the transportation needs of staff and athletes. Each vehicle will have an operator aboard to monitor the automated driving operation.

As for the Toyota Concept-i, it has been updated and will be used as the operating vehicle at the Olympic torch relay and lead vehicle in the marathon. Toyota will also demonstrate the Concept-i’s Level 4 autonomous driving and its functions, including the AI-powered “Agent conversation.”

Toyota Concept-i for Tokyo 2020

Out of the approximately 3,700 mobility vehicles for Tokyo 2020, 2,700 vehicles will be part of the official fleet providing transportation support between venues during the Olympic Games. Those will include commercially-available vehicles, such as the Mirai, Prius PHV (known as Prime in North America) and other models. Of the electrified vehicles provided, approximately 500 will be FCEVs and approximately 850 BEVs.

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  • Mike anonymous

    This is the utmost proof that if a company WANTS to build something, they CAN.

    Understand that while this is for the Olympic Games as Japan wants to show the world their technological status, BUT this is built as a production specification vehicle (pay close attention to the details). Note this is not the only concept vehicle from Toyota that is being built to production specification. As they will also have a number of their “I” Concepts.

    But do understand, if you want Toyota to bring these vehicles (and vehicles as such) to market, now would be the time to show the most enthusiasm as this is essentially Toyotas’ ‘real world’ test. They essentially are proving to the world, “We can build it, and many other vehicles like it” (essentially; this is what ALL Toyotas’ could be influenced by inside and out),.. but it’s also essentially them asking “Now that you know we can build it, do you want it?“.

    This was stated about 2-3 years ago by Toyota regarding building these vehicles, and they essentially want to know if customers would like and enjoy vehicles such as this. If the enthusiasm is high, they may consider building the vehicle you see above to market (as is). Again when a company wants to do something, they can. But really, it comes down to; will customers want it. Toyota essentially wants’ to know will we consumers actually buy what they make, because if the automotive market place wants to begin seeing vehicle such as this, we are going to have to want it too.

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  • GTR nismo

    Well done Toyota its amazing

  • GTR nismo

    Well done Toyota its amazing…


  • Paul

    That Concept-i sure is a homely little bugger.

  • illogicalPotato

    Those crazy bastards actually kept that much of the Concept i into a production version?! That’s genuinely impressive. Subjectively it’s not for me but I admire their gumption.

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