Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Toyota is working on a moon buggy

Toyota is working on a moon buggy

They just teamed up with Japan's space agency in order to build a fuel cell-powered electric lunar rove that they plan to send into space in 2029, CNN reports. Besides solar power, the concept vehicle can run on fuel cell. Even though the amount of energy that can be transported to the moon is limited, the rover will have a range of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles).

The global space exploration community has its sights set on the moon and Mars. "Nonetheless, any further, in responding to such issues as environmental points of the worldwide scale, the idea of 'residence planet, ' from which all of us come, will develop into an important idea", Toyota President Akio Toyoda said.

It might seem an unusual move for a vehicle manufacturer to venture into such a market, but with Toyota often being at the forefront of environmental technology, there is method behind the bold announcement.

Running on a fuel cell, the lunar vehicle will only emit water and surplus air.

The space agency's president, Hiroshi Yamakawa, said: "Having Toyota join us in the challenge of worldwide space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence. For wide ranging human exploration of the moon, a pressurized rover that can travel more than 10,000 km in such environments is a necessity".

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JAXA said that it could launch the Toyota rover in ten years and possibly for some off-roading "in the 2030s".

"At JAXA, we are studying various scenarios as well as technologies that will be applied to specific space missions".

What Toyota brings to the agreement is its technology expertise, which it showcased with its lunar rover concept. JAXA president Hiroshi Yamakawa said that the cooperation between it and Toyota could generate spin-off benefits.

The automaker's gasoline cells use clear energy-era strategies and exclusively emit water and have lowered quantities of risky substances that the automotive firm is working to enhance, Toyota Government Vice President Shigeki Terashi stated Tuesday. We want to further improve on this characteristic.

The challenge of space travel would be for Toyota, as it is for anyone looking towards the final frontier, is durability. The rover will measure six meters in length and there is expected to be 13 square meters of habitable space inside.

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