In 2019 when the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was still thought to be a year ahead, Toyota showcased a series of electric vehicles and robots dedicated to the event with the aim of providing better accessibility and more fun for both the audience and athletes. Unfortunately, Tokyo 2020 is only happening now, and without spectators due to the global pandemic, and Toyota has been staying very quiet in regards to its sponsorship of the games. We’re not sure how many of the planned 3,700 e-vehicles actually make it to the venues, but we’re happy to have spotted the Toyota bullpen cart moving around the baseball pitch.
The small e-vehicle is decorated in a baseball-theme, and its main purpose is to transport relief pitchers. Toyota has added some fun elements to the bullpen, as the passenger seat is a giant baseball mitt, while the flooring is green and features the white outline of a baseball field.
If the bullpen cart looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on the Toyota Accessible People Mover (APM) electric shuttle – first unveiled in 2019 as part of the Tokyo 2020 EV fleet. The original APM e-vehicle was said to have a range of 100 km and a top speed of 19 km/h, and could carry up to five passengers or have the second row of seats folded up to make room for a wheelchair.