Toyota recently introduced an innovative car-sharing program for tourists in Okinawa, Japan. This test-run for a service that uses electric cars on the island for car sharing is part of an effort to connect tourists to Japanese landmarks, without leaving a large carbon footprint.
According to Toyota, this is the first Toyota car-sharing program of its kind. While these electric cars are intended largely for tourists that don’t have their own cars, this may be a viable way to reshape mobility in rural areas.
Using 30 vehicles, ultra-compact electric models, the program strategically places them around the area at hotels and tourists sites. Stocked with a tablet and tourist information, you can easily find information and areas of interest.
The vehicle is about the size of a golf cart, though considerably more stylish. Its compact design makes it easy to navigate tight city streets. These incredibly lightweight vehicles could just redefine the industry. We can’t wait to see if the program is extended to the US.
Until then, if you’re looking for something a little more on the green side, check out the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid!