Toyota Urban Mobility Project in France
Toyota loves to get its name on futuristic technology and ideas before anyone else, which is one of the reason we’ve seen so many crazy Toyota concept cars through the years. Well now they’re throwing the first pitch at a whole different ball game, as they will be kicking off the first Ha:mo network in Grenoble, France on October 1st. Ha:mo stands for Harmonious Mobility, and it is a network geared toward combining private and public transportation in a more effective manner.
The project taking place in France will be the verification event, making sure that their vision works and goes off without a hitch. It’ll be a three year trial put together by five partners; the City of Grenoble, the Metro Area, French electricity company EDF and Sodetrel, Toyota, and Cité Lib. Toyota will be donating 35 three-wheel Toyota i_ROAD vehicles and 35 four-wheel Toyota Auto Body COMS.
These vehicles will be available for the public to utilize for short in-city trips. Over 150 charging stations will be installed in the city, 120 for the project and 41 for personal plug-in vehicles as well. People will be able to pay three euros for the first fifteen minutes, two euros for an additional fifteen, and then one more euro if the trip will take 45 minutes. There will be a special lower price as well for those members of the annual transport card system.
All in all the project is looking to create safer, easier public transportation while also burning less fuel and saving the environment. Its an incredible project that if successful might begin a world trend for change, and we hope that something like this might make its way out near Edmonton. As more details about the project are released, we’ll be sure to let you know.