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Toyota APM EV to provide transport at 2020 Olympic Games

The Toyota APM can seat up to six people, and features a pure electric driving range of 100 kilometres.

Olympic and Paralympic Games partner Toyota has revealed its new APM (Accessible People Mover) electric vehicle, which will provide mobility for staff and visitors at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The APM is specifically designed to transport people to events and venues, including athletes and staff related to the Games, as well as visitors with particular accessibility needs such as elderly, disabled, pregnant people, and families with small children. 

Toyota will employ around 200 units, and will also utilise the APM at non-event sites such as the Olympic Village.

The APM is specially designed to cater to injured athletes, and those who require wheelchair access. The APM is specially designed to cater to injured athletes, and those who require wheelchair access.

The vehicle is powered by a low-power, battery-electric powertrain, which provides 100 kilometres of driving range and a maximum speed of 19km/h.

In the standard configuration, the APM has three seating rows. A driver and front passenger can use the front row, while the second row provides seating for three, and the third row provides seating for two. 

When transporting passengers in wheelchairs, the layout can be adjusted to place one wheelchair rider in the second row, with anchor plates and ramps to improve safety. 

The APM can also cater to injured event-goers, with a configuration that hosts relief staff workers and a stretcher. 

It is unclear what will come of the 200 Toyota APM units once the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games comes to pass.

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