Toyota Debuts Electric Bike And Car Sharing Stations
The Smart Mobility Park in Toyota Ecoful Town can charge vehicles as well as generate and store power.
Japanese automobile company Toyota has installed an electric mobility charging station at the Toyota Ecoful Town, the low-carbon model town in Toyota City, Japan.
The Smart Mobility Park functions as a hub for electric mobility sharing but it can also generate and store electric power. The Park is based on the concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011.
The Park is meant to be an electric mobility vehicle sharing station for short distance trips and is set up with three Toyota COMS, ultra-compact single-occupant electric vehicles, and five Yamaha-produced PAS or power-assisted bicycles that users can try out and rent using IC cards for authentication and vehicle-unlocking.
There are also plans of making the Park a Ha:Mo ride Station later in the year. Ha:Mo Ride is an electric mobility sharing service designed to help commuters cross those last few kilometers from the nearest available public transportation to their final destination.
The Smart Mobility Park was also built with solar power generation and electric storage capabilities so that the station can charge electric vehicles both with the electricity it generates or with power-grid electricity. The station is built with general household power outlets for powering appliances in the future. Toyota plans to work with regional energy data management systems to manage the charging stations and help reduce the burden on the power grids.
Toyota has been testing the Ha:Mo Ride service since October of last year. Four vehicle stations were set up in Chukyo University and at the nearest public transportation points. Later this year, Toyota plans to expand to central Toyota City and set up a fee-based service with the use of about a hundred ultra-compact single-occupant electric vehicles and 100 power-assisted bicycles. These will be set up at 20 stations to serve 1,000 members.