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R&D Breakthrough Sets Stage for More Efficient, Durable Fuel Cell Stacks

R&D Breakthrough Sets Stage for More Efficient, Durable Fuel Cell Stacks

May 18, 2015
Toyota City, Japan, May 18, 2015 -- A breakthrough in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could lead to a new generation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks.

Toyota Motor Corporation and Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) have developed a new observation technique that allows researchers to monitor the behavior of nanometer-sized particles of platinum during chemical reactions in fuel cells, so that the processes leading to reduced catalytic reactivity can be observed.... more

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

May 12, 2015
Torrance, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – The lights are on where the buffalo roam.

At the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs is now online. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907.
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Call for Creativity in Toyota i-Road R&D Project in Tokyo

Call for Creativity in Toyota i-Road R&D Project in Tokyo

May 07, 2015
Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2015 -- In July, Toyota will take the next step toward realizing the full potential of the i-Road ultra-compact EV concept by launching the Open Road Project in Tokyo. To encourage the practical, convenient and fun use of the i-Road on city streets, Toyota will seek creative input and feedback from both specialist companies and members of the public focusing on two key areas: finding convenient parking and encouraging customization.... more

Toyota Mirai: Coming This Fall to Showrooms Near…?

Toyota Mirai: Coming This Fall to Showrooms Near…?

May 06, 2015
Torrance, Calif. (May 6, 2015) – Want a Mirai? All those in favor, say aye! California trailblazers waiting to get behind the wheel of Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, the Mirai, now have a destination for pick up and pre-order. ... more

Toyota Mirai Takes to the Track

Toyota Mirai Takes to the Track

April 23, 2015
RICHMOND, VA. (April 23, 2015) – Toyota today announced the 2016 Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, April 25.... more

Fueled by Bullsh*t

Fueled by Bullsh*t

April 22, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 22, 2015) – Sometimes reality stinks. Toyota has tapped award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to show how calling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles “bullsh*t” isn’t far from the truth.    

“Fueled by Bullsh*t” is the first online video in a multi-part “Fueled by Everything” series aimed to educate a broad audience about the innovative ways hydrogen fuel can be made from renewable sources. Spurlock directed the 3-minute piece which features a dairy farmer and mechanical engineer as they follow cow manure  from a mooing supply source to its ultimate use in powering the hydrogen fuel cell electric Toyota Mirai.... more

What Combines the Thrill of Sports and the Excitement of Science and Technology? FIRST Robotics

What Combines the Thrill of Sports and the Excitement of Science and Technology? FIRST Robotics

April 13, 2015
YORK TOWNSHIP, MICH. (April 13, 2015) – In a continuing effort to expand STEM education and inspire the next generation of great engineers, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development headquarters, has announced five grants for FIRST Robotics activities in Michigan. The funding, more than $60,000 worth, will support in-school robotics programs as well as provide support for regional and state competitions. The effort will bolster the expanding robotics program; a program that develops more than 10,000 future engineers, scientists and technologists across the state.... more

Meet Steve. The Dummy.

Meet Steve. The Dummy.

March 30, 2015
His job? To walk in front of vehicles.

Steve is a moving dummy (also known as a mannequin) that stands in for a pedestrian crossing a road. Mannequins like Steve – which come in adult and child sizes – mimic different walking speeds and angles to allow for realistic testing situations. ... more

Robot Astronaut Kirobo Awarded Two Guinness World Records™ Titles

Robot Astronaut Kirobo Awarded Two Guinness World Records™ Titles

March 27, 2015
Two Guinness World Records titles have been awarded to Kirobo, the robot astronaut developed as part of a joint research project between Dentsu Inc., the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).... more

Park24 and Toyota to Trial i-ROAD Sharing Service in Central Tokyo

Park24 and Toyota to Trial i-ROAD Sharing Service in Central Tokyo

February 24, 2015
Tokyo, Feb. 25, 2015 -- Starting in April, Park24 Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation will trial a car sharing service in central Tokyo using the Toyota i-ROAD, an ultra-compact three-wheeled electric vehicle. The i-ROAD, designed for flexibility and ease of use, will be paired with Park24's "Times Car Plus" service, which allows members to use share cars at any time of day or night. The trial will also incorporate elements from Toyota's "Ha:mo" optimized urban transport system.... more

How the Future is Made: Behind the Scenes of Toyota Mirai Production

How the Future is Made: Behind the Scenes of Toyota Mirai Production

February 24, 2015
In November 2014, Toyota Motor Corporation ushered in the future with the launch of the Toyota “Mirai” fuel cell sedan, followed by the Japan start of sales one month later. Today, Toyota held a production ceremony to mark the milestone of a new age of vehicles at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan.


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Mission Accomplished: Robot Astronaut Kirobo Returns to Earth

Mission Accomplished: Robot Astronaut Kirobo Returns to Earth

February 12, 2015
Kirobo, a tiny talking robot, has made history for robotkind.
 
After an impressive 18 months on board the International Space Station, humanoid communication robot Kirobo returned to Earth as a passenger on SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon cargo supply spacecraft, which successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean earlier today.... more

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to Jointly Support Hydrogen Station Infrastructure Development

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to Jointly Support Hydrogen Station Infrastructure Development

February 12, 2015
TOKYO, Japan, Feb. 12, 2015 -- Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers will be determined at a later date.
 
For more details, go to http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/6006916/
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Toyota to Trial New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

Toyota to Trial New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

January 28, 2015
Toyota City, Japan, Jan. 29, 2015 -- Using a Camry Hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation will bring a brand new technology to the streets of Japan for testing this year. The tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electrified powertrains.... more

New Driving Simulator from Toyota TeenDrive365 Uses Oculus Rift to Bring Dangers of Distracted Driving To Life

New Driving Simulator from Toyota TeenDrive365 Uses Oculus Rift to Bring Dangers of Distracted Driving To Life

January 14, 2015
DETROIT (Jan. 14, 2015) – Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota launched its new TeenDrive365 distracted driving simulator with Oculus Rift, marking the first time the virtual reality technology is being used to educate the public – teens and parents alike – about the dangers of distracted driving.  A video of the virtual reality experience can be found here – www.toyota.us/14WI1B9.
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2015 Toyota CES Press Preview - Bob Carter

2015 Toyota CES Press Preview - Bob Carter

January 05, 2015
TMS Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations, Bob Carter discusses hydrogen fuel cell technology, Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, and announces royalty free use of all fuel cell patents during Toyota’s press conference at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2015.  ... more

Toyota Opens the Door and Invites the Industry to the Hydrogen Future

Toyota Opens the Door and Invites the Industry to the Hydrogen Future

January 05, 2015
LAS VEGAS, (Jan. 5, 2015) – Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future, making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free. Announced today at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, this Toyota initiative will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world.... more

Greenbacks for Green Ideas

Greenbacks for Green Ideas

December 19, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing of North America (TEMA), in partnership with The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.... more

Toyota Lends Mobility Impairment Rehabilitation Partner Robots to Hospitals Across Japan

Toyota Lends Mobility Impairment Rehabilitation Partner Robots to Hospitals Across Japan

December 18, 2014
Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Toyota Motor Corporation has begun lending its "Walk Training Assist" and "Balance Training Assist" rehabilitation-aid partner robots for clinical trials to be conducted in medical facilities across Japan. The robots are designed to aid the rehabilitation of patients who find it difficult to walk or maintain balance due to illness or injury.... more

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan Production Information

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan Production Information

November 17, 2014

The Toyota Mirai Brings the Future to Your Driveway

The Toyota Mirai Brings the Future to Your Driveway

November 17, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 17, 2014) – For the second time in a generation, Toyota has re-imagined the future of mobility.
 
The Toyota Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines – but it uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor. The groundbreaking fuel cell electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, re-fuels in about five minutes, and travels up to 300 miles on a full tank.
 
Mirai will be available to customers in California beginning in fall 2015, with additional markets tracking the expansion of a convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Powered by an industry-leading fuel cell electric drivetrain and supported by an exceptional 360-degree ownership experience, Mirai marks a turning point for consumer expectations for a zero-emission vehicle.... more

The Future Has Arrived, and It's Called Mirai

The Future Has Arrived, and It's Called Mirai

November 17, 2014
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (Nov. 17, 2014) – Akio Toyoda has seen the future, and it’s called “Mirai.” That’s the name of Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, which the company’s president announced in a video released the night before the car’s official launch. ... more

Best of What’s New for 2014? The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle

Best of What’s New for 2014? The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle

November 12, 2014
Even the techies at Popular Science like the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The magazine named the sedan to a 2014 Best of What’s New winner in the auto category.
 
“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − each a revolution in its field.”... more

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle and Lexus Line Up Ready For Celebrity Close Up

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle and Lexus Line Up Ready For Celebrity Close Up

October 16, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2014) – On the green carpet, automotive history will be made. Toyota and Lexus are again presenting sponsors at the 24th annual Environmental Media Awards on Oct. 18, at which one bidder will win the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). Toyota is the first major auto manufacturer to give away a fuel cell vehicle to an individual owner.... more

How the West Was Won: Toyota Offers Chance to Be a Fuel Cell Pioneer

How the West Was Won: Toyota Offers Chance to Be a Fuel Cell Pioneer

October 08, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 – It’s hard to be a trendsetter in places like Los Angeles or San Francisco, but one lucky Californian will blaze that trail when they park a new Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) in their garage.... more

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