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Toyota sets up joint research institute with Tsinghua University

The joint institute will also seek research opportunities in utilising hydrogen energy

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota and Tsinghua University have agreed to establish the Tsinghua – Toyota Joint Research Institute to conduct research together over the next five years.

The Joint Research Institute will further contribute to China’s development of vehicles equipped with new technology that aim to excel in solving environmental problems and in reducing traffic accidents.

Toyota and Tsinghua University have been partners on research projects since 1998. The establishment of the Joint Research Institute will enable the two to cooperate not only in research related to cars for Chinese consumers, but also in research related to active utilisation of hydrogen energy that can help solve China’s energy problems and other social issues.

In order to promote further growth of electrified vehicles, Toyota has recently decided to provide royalty-free licences on 24,000 patents it holds related to vehicle electrification.

“Everything started with my discussions with Premier Li Keqiang last May, leading to the establishment of the Joint Research Institute. I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to the development of China,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda.

In addition, in November 2018, at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Toyota proposed new mobility concepts aiming to support peoples’ lives through leveraging electrification, intelligence, and informatization, such as in the form of the e-Palette, the next-generation battery electric vehicle specially designed for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) services and products. Toyota also plans to use the new mobility concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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