Toyota could be the next car maker on the moon.

In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the companies are aiming to make future lunar mobility a reality.

According to the agreement, JAXA and Toyota will accelerate its ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurised rover, powered by fuel cell electric vehicle tech.

Toyota says the six-metre long concept is about the same size of two microbuses and will have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000km.

The pressurised concept rover has a living space capable of accommodating two people — plus another two ‘in an emergency’.

JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata, says manned, pressurised rovers will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which is expected to take place in the 2030s.

“We aim at launching such a rover into space in 2029. International space exploration is a challenge to conquer the unknown. To take up such a challenge, we believe it is important to gather our countrys technological capabilities and engage as Team Japan’,” he says.

“Through our collaboration with Toyota as the starting point, we can further expand the resources of Team Japan in the continued pursuit of international space exploration."

Source: Drive

March 14, 2019