Toyota Shows an EV With a 10,000-km Drive Range

The new six-wheeled lunar rover is named the Toyota Lunar Cruiser.

The Lunar Cruiser is a joint brainchild of Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The work on it began in 2018. Then, the project was nameless but now Toyota has finally decided. The lunar rover is named the Lunar Cruiser, apparently with a reference to the Land Cruiser that is considered the most reliable and high-quality car of the brand.

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Specifications of the new vehicle are kept secret. It is assumed that the Lunar Rover will be equipped with a set of solar panels and its drive range will be 10,000 km.

The Lunar Cruiser is able to accommodate two astronauts as standard or four, if necessary. They will be able to stay in the cabin without using spacesuits. The interior space will be approximately 13 sq. m. The dimensions of the lunar transport are as follows: length — 6 meters, width — 5.2 meters, height — 3.8 meters. The project will be completed by the end of 2020.

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The new vehicle is planned to be used during a research mission to the Moon in 2030. Currently, test production of individual components and structural elements is underway. Virtual reality (VR) is used to determine the most comfortable device layout for astronauts.

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