Research and Development Support

Prototypes

Prototype Production Division supports manufacture of small lot production vehicles
Small lot production vehicles were produced using prototype production lines.

Mass production of "RAV 4 EV" in 1996

RAV 4 EV

RAV 4 EV

Mass production of "e-com" in 1999

e-com

e-com

Mass production of "FCHV" in 2002

FCHV

FCHV

Production of "i-unit" and the unit of "FCHV BUS" for the EXPO 2005 Aichi in 2004

FCHV-BUS

FCHV-BUS

Regulatory Compliance
1997: Recycling and disassembly assessments commenced

Toyota began using easily recycled materials, improved ease of disassembly, and developed recycling technologies with the aim of improving recyclability and encouraging the reuse of resources. To improve disassembly performance of end-of-life vehicles and in particular parts subject to risk of non-renewable resource shortages, the Prototype Production Division developed vehicle structures that can be recovered through a single removal process. In addition, the Division added disassembly method requirements for nibbler processing and provided support to disassembly businesses. Recycling programs were also conducted to avoid risks of resource shortages.

Instrument panel wire harnesses

Instrument panel wire harnesses

Interior trim

Interior trim

Nibbler

Nibbler

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