The fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) is designed to be scalable and customisable for a range of mobility as a service (MaaS) businesses.
With its open interior design layout, the vehicle can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors in accordance with the user's needs, whether it is parcel delivery, ride sharing or on-the-road e-commerce.
Toyota envisions that the e-Palette concept will be made available in three sizes, with lengths varying from 4m to 7m, allowing not just need-specific applications, but also right-sized and right-place mobile solutions.
Its flexible framework is also designed for usage optimisation, allowing the e-Palette Concept to be shared to support various business needs and transition from one application to another.
The main features of the e-Palette are an interior space with a low floor, cube shape design, next-generation vehicle control interface and Toyota's proprietary mobility services platform (MSPF).
Toyota plans to conduct feasibility testing of the e-Palette Concept in various regions, including the US, in the early 2020s. It also hopes to use the e-Palette to provide mobility solutions at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.