Toyota & Chubu Electric join hands to commence EV battery recycle and reuse verification project

Toyota Chubu Electric Power Inc

Nagoya City, Japan, January 31, 2018―Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric Power) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announce that the two companies have concluded a basic agreement with the aim of commencing a verification project that entails construction of a large-capacity storage battery system (Storage Battery System) that reuses electrified vehicle batteries (batteries), as well as examination of the recycling of used batteries.

Chubu Electric Power recognizes the importance of accurate management of fluctuations in its energy supply-demand balance caused by the recent large-scale introduction of renewable energy, and is promoting efforts toward further improving the operation of its electric power system.

Toyota is actively promoting the use of electrified vehicles, as per “Toyota’s Challenge to Promote Widespread Use of Electrified Vehicles” announced in December 2017, and is also pursuing the effective use of batteries and the development of social infrastructure that will support the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles.

Reuse of Batteries

Pursuant to the basic agreement concluded today, the two companies aim to reuse batteries collected from electrified vehicles manufactured by Toyota as a storage battery system for utilization in meeting various challenges posed by the electric power system.

When combined in large numbers, used batteries, even with reduced performance levels, can be repurposed for energy supply-demand adjustments, frequency fluctuation management, and voltage fluctuation management in distribution systems, all factors that accompany the widespread introduction of renewable energy.

Not only can these efforts serve as a solution to address the challenges within the electric power system, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota expect these efforts to have positive effects in the operation of thermal power plants.

Examples of using the Storage Battery System to solve challenges in the electric power system (illustration)

Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment

Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment

Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations

Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations

Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems

Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems

In FY 2018, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota will commence verification of the Storage Battery System. Based on the results of the verification test, the two companies aim to introduce power generation capacity of approximately 10,000 kW, equivalent to 10,000 batteries, in FY 2020.

The initial stage will involve nickel-metal hydride batteries, which are currently being used in large quantities, mainly in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). By around 2030, the plan is to include lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

Recycling of Batteries

The two companies will consider establishing a mechanism to recycle reused batteries by collecting materials such as rare-earth metals and re-utilizing them.

Flow of reusing/recycling (illustration)

Both companies will continue to contribute to the further development of the region with an aim of achieving both a resource recycling society and a low-carbon society through initiatives such as the commercialization of battery reuse and recycling.

Source Toyota Newsroom

Toyota Mobility Foundation begins Bus Service, and Park & Ride System to promote multi modal transportation in Vietnam

Danang, Vietnam (June 30, 2017)―Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Danang People’s Committee (DPC) started the operations of the TMF Bus Service and associated TMF Park & Ride system, marking the occasion with an opening ceremony.

The city of Danang, resting at the center of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, is the entrance of the Indochina East-West Economic Corridor that commercially connects the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Because of this location and the vision of the city officials, the population of Danang is increasing, with rapid and sustained economic growth. With this growth come concerns regarding future traffic congestion and the changing mobility needs of the public.

Anticipating these potential issues, TMF offered to support the DPC in developing a more robust public transportation network through the Project on Urban Transit Corridor Improvement. This project uniquely aims to prevent a future congestion problem by promoting the behavior change of citizens. The project encourages the people of Danang to shift from singular, private modes of mobility to multiple transportation modes integrating private and public transportation. The DPC is the grantee of the project that runs from July 2015 to March 2019, with a budget of 320 million Japanese Yen (about 2.9 million USD) sponsored by TMF.

TMF Bus Service

This feeder bus service links to the larger Danang city bus route. The TMF Bus Service has two routes: a shorter route covering the urban center, and a longer route connecting a residential area to the urban center. To present the bus as an efficient solution and promote its usage, the service has the following features

  • First year free travel
  • Comfortable and clean facilities
  • Hospitality and professionalism in service
  • Punctuality per a fixed timetable
  • Safety as the fundamental priority

TMF Park & Ride System

Located at the TMF bus terminal at the intersection of Bui Duong Lich and Tran Thanh Tong Streets, the Park & Ride facilitates easy access to the bus services. It is equipped with an auto-gate, camera surveillance system, and an IC card to ensure the security and safety for the bus passenger. In addition, there is no charge for parking when the service is launched.

On-Road Parking Management Pilot on Bach Dang Street

Most developing countries face parking crises as a result of rapid, dense urbanization and motorization, making parking policy an important component for sustainable transport management. This pilot model of mobile parking management on Bach Dang Street applies advanced technology such as time-based parking, fee collection software, and parking vacancy advisories, in order to reduce traffic congestion. This pilot model intends to illustrate the benefits of parking management, and help formulate an ideal transport management policy.

Mr. Dzung, the Vice Chairman of the DPC, said “It is important to establish a multi-modal transportation system in Danang in order to improve the quality of life of our citizens in the mid- to long-term. The TMF Bus, Park & Ride System and the on-road parking management pilot are significant steps forward for our city. The TMF Bus and Park & Ride Services, which are linked to our city bus services that were initiated last year, help improve the mobility options for citizens. We thank TMF for this great contribution to the current and future development of Danang.”

Osamu Nagata, President of the TMF Secretariat and Executive Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors of Toyota Motor Corporation, said “This project could only be initiated with the great support from the DPC and many other stakeholders, including Hai Chau District, Almec, and Toyota Motor Vietnam. TMF seeks to find mobility solutions by using our experience and know-how and partnering with the ownership and skills of local communities across the world. We would like to learn from Danang’s citizens and continuously improve service based on actual customer experiences, ultimately leading to a more mobile society with opportunities for all.”

Mr. Toru Kinoshita, President of Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) said “Participating in this project to promote multi-modal transportation is a significant opportunity for us to contribute to the city of Danang in addition to the traffic safety programs we conduct across the country. For this project, we donated two 28-seater vans to serve as the TMF buses, and we will also provide maintenance to ensure their safe operation. We hope Danang’s citizens experience our vehicles and recognize them as their transportation solution. We are happy to extend our support to supplement the activities of TMF and the DPC.”

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

TMF was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next generation mobility.

Via: Toyota Global Newsroom

Toyota Motor Corporation announces executive and personnel changes

Toyota City, Japan, June 30, 2017―On July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation will make changes to executives’ areas of responsibility, as well as personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level.

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  1. Managing Officers’ Areas of Responsibility
Name Current New
Hiroaki Okuchi
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)

    • Electronics Control System Development Div. (concurrent General Manager)
Yoichi Miyazaki
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
    • East Asia & Oceania Div.
      (concurrent General Manager)
  1. Personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level effective
Name Current New
Koichi Shirozu Electronics Control System Development Div. (General Manager), Advanced R&D and Engineering Company Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Masakazu Yoshimura East Asia & Oceania Div. (General Manager) Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Naoaki Nunogaki
  • Corporate Citizenship Div.
    (General Manager)
  • Community Relations Dept. (General Manager), Corporate Citizenship Div.
Corporate Citizenship Div.
(General Manager)
Jun Wakabayashi Temporary External Transfer to Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. TPS Promotion Center (Project General Manager)
Shoji Kimura
  • Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
  • Strategy Planning & Administration Dept. (General Manager), Vehicle Logistics Div., Logistics Field
Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
Shinya Kono Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Sales Promoting Dept. (General Manager), Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div.
Akihiko Ootuka MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
(General Manager),
Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
    (General Manager),
    Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • Vehicle Dynamics Development Dept. (General Manager), MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div., Mid-size Vehicle Company
Tetsu Yamada
  • Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company
  • Engine Development Management Dept. (General Manager), Engine Design & Engineering Div., Powertrain Company
Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company

Via: Toyota Newsroom

Toyota Motor Corporation announces Sales & Production plans for CY2017

Toyota City, Japan, December 15, 2016―Toyota Motor Corporation announces today its 2017 sales and production plans, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd., as shown below.

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CY2017 Sales and Production Plans
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Japanese
sales*1
Approx.
1,600,000
(2%)
Approx.
570,000
(0%)
Approx.
64,000
(0%)
Approx.
2,234,000
(1%)
Sales
outside Japan
Approx.
7,670,000
(1%)
Approx.
200,000
(5%)
Approx.
109,000
(1%)
Approx.
7,979,000
(1%)
Worldwide
sales
Approx.
9,260,000
(1%)
Approx.
770,000
(1%)
Approx.
172,000
(1%)
Approx.
10,202,000
(1%)
Japanese
production*2
Approx.
3,210,000
(2%)
Approx.
810,000
(11%)
Approx.
149,000
(2%)
Approx.
4,169,000
(3%)
Production
outside Japan*3
Approx.
5,770,000
(-1%)
Approx.
390,000
(15%)
Approx.
37,000
(16%)
Approx.
6,197,000
(0%)
Worldwide
production
Approx.
8,980,000
(0%)
Approx.
1,200,000
(12%)
Approx.
186,000
(4%)
Approx.
10,366,000
(1%)
*1Includes production outside Japan; *2Includes kits for assembly outside Japan; *3Excludes kits from Japan; All figures rounded; ( ) change from previous year’s result
ReferenceCY2016 Results Forecast
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Japanese
sales*1
Approx.
1,570,000
(5%)
Approx.
570,000
(-7%)
Approx.
64,000
(4%)
Approx.
2,204,000
(2%)
Sales
outside Japan
Approx.
7,590,000
(-1%)
Approx.
190,000
(4%)
Approx.
107,000
(-0.2%)
Approx.
7,887,000
(-1%)
Worldwide
sales
Approx.
9,160,000
(-0.3%)
Approx.
760,000
(-4%)
Approx.
171,000
(1%)
Approx.
10,091,000
(-1%)
Japanese
production*2
Approx.
3,160,000
(-1%)
Approx.
730,000
(4%)
Approx.
146,000
(-2%)
Approx.
4,036,000
(0%)
Production
outside Japan*3
Approx.
5,820,000
(1%)
Approx.
340,000
(21%)
Approx.
32,000
(26%)
Approx.
6,192,000
(2%)
Worldwide
production
Approx.
8,980,000
(1%)
Approx.
1,070,000
(9%)
Approx.
178,000
(2%)
Approx.
10,228,000
(1%)
*1Includes production outside Japan; *2Includes kits for assembly outside Japan; *3Excludes kits from Japan; All figures rounded; ( ) change from previous year’s result

The figures stated above are based on judgments and assumptions using currently available information and other factors. There is no guarantee that actual results will be as projected in view of the uncertainties involved in the judgments and assumptions, as well as possible fluctuations resulting from changes in conditions worldwide.