Starting in spring 2012, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), in collaboration with Nomura Real Estate Development Co. Ltd., Daikyo Incorporated and Toyota Housing Corporation, plans to launch a condominium-based car-sharing program using plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
Two condominiums in Tokyo and one condominium in Aichi Prefecture will each receive two of a total of six Prius Plug-in Hybrid and iQ-based electric vehicle units managed by nearby Toyota vehicle rental and lease companies.
TMC, in collaboration with condominium developers and IHI Transport Machinery Co. Ltd., a parking facility manufacturer, will design parking facilities and charging equipment. Further details of the program, such as car-sharing costs to users, have yet to be decided.
Car sharing has become more popular among people in urban areas who do not own cars, and it is also gaining public attention as a countermeasure against global warming and oil dependency. In response to these trends, TMC, aiming to connect people with a new way of using future vehicles, decided to carry out this car-sharing program using next-generation plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.