Toyota has announced that its manufacturing and distribution subsidiary in Thailand will be partnering with Chulalongkorn University to implement Ha:mo, a vehicle sharing scheme which uses ultra-compact electric vehicles (EVs) within the university’s campus in Bangkok. The scheme kicks off in December.

Ha:mo is a car-sharing programme which suits short-distance travel and allows one-way usage, Toyota says. First launched in Toyota City in 2012, it has since been implemented in cities including Tokyo, Okinawa, Okayama, and Grenoble in France, with the aim of realising comfortable travel and environmentally friendly mobility by providing ‘last-mile’ transport between existing public transportation and the users’ destinations.

The decision to implement the scheme came about with the aim of solving traffic issues such as congestion and pollution. As a joint project commemorating Toyota Motor Thailand’s 55th anniversary and Chulalongkorn University’s 100th anniversary, the EV-sharing scheme is being carried out as a case study for other emerging countries.

Ten COMS ultra-compact EVs manufactured by Toyota Auto Body will kick off the programme in December, with an additional 20 ultra-compact EVs to be introduced in the middle of next year for a total of 30 shared EVs, which will serve 12 stations connecting the university campus to nearby bus stops and a train station in the area.

Of the 33 parking spaces provided, 10 will have charging equipment, with the area’s main users expected to be students and university staff. Users pay for usage each time, upon registering. This EV-sharing programme is part of Toyota’s efforts towards developing its Mobility Services Platform, while leveraging the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.