Toyota working on moon buggy

March 15th, 2019 by

Just when we thought Toyota couldn’t get any cooler…

They start building a MOON BUGGY. Yup, you heard us right. The automotive giant who’s renowned across the planet is now working on taking their technology into space, collaborating with a space agency in Japan to create a moon buggy.

Toyota moon buggy

Toyota of Orlando has the scoop on the Toyota lunar rover

The moon buggy, which is slated to come to fruition in 2029, will be a fuel-cell-powered electric lunar rover. It can carry two people and travel thousands of miles on one charge; additionally, those two people will be able to survive without space suits on while inside the moon buggy. This is big new for astronauts, who typically can’t be outside of the space station or shuttle without their suits on.

Here’s what our Orlando Toyota dealership knows about the new Toyota moon buggy so far:

  • Toyota has signed on to work with JAXA, a Japanese space agency, on the project. Toyota had been looking into the possibility of building a lunar rover in 2018, but this week an agreement was signed to speed up the process and get the ball rolling.
  • It will hopefully be launched into space in 2029, heading straight to the surface of the moon for major exploration in the 30’s.
  • It will be about 20 feet long and 17 feet wide, or the size of 2 minibuses (with a cabin that’s about 140 square feet).
  • The moon buggy will be manned and have pressurized cabins to allow for the removal of spacesuits.
  • They would be used to explore and use the lunar surface.
  • The vehicles will be fuel-cell and solar powered since they can travel a lot further than battery-powered cars without recharging. Toyota is estimating that each moon buggy will have a range of 6,200 miles per charge.
  • The range is important – in the past, moon buggies had a very short range and had to return to the moon lander each night to refuel. Typically, astronauts could only get around 22 miles out of the performance.
  • This lunar rover will be more like an RV for the astronauts. They can explore and work but then also eat and sleep inside of it, which means they can range further since they won’t have to return to a base point every night.
  • The rover will actually land independently on the moon before the astronauts arrive, and will travel independently to meet them at a predetermined destination.

All in all, this collaboration means one big thing – living on the moon is closer than we thought and more of a possibility than ever before. Thoroughly exploring the surface of the moon will allow us to better understand what living conditions would be like and plan more accurately for humans to take the plunge.

Want more info on the Toyota moon buggy or any of the other amazing technology up for grabs on our Orlando Toyota cars? Call us today – Toyota of Orlando is open seven days a week at (407) 298-4500.