Toyota Motor Corporation and Tsinghua University have announced plans to establish a joint R&D facility, the Tsinghua-Toyota Joint Research Institute.
Over the next five years the two will conduct research and develop mobility solutions for China, with the ultimate aim of reducing the environmental impact of the transportation industry in the region, and reducing traffic in China. This will include research into hydrogen energy solutions.
Toyota and Tsinghua University have undertaken many research projects together since 1998, conducting technology courses and pursuing other related activities.
Toyota operates on a policy based on openness and recently decided to provide licenses royalty-free for its patents for electric vehicle technology.
Toyota president Akio Toyoda commented, “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 this opportunity to contribute to the development of mobility in China.”