AAMU to develop a low emission mobility solution to address transportation needs in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – April 13, 2018 – Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Toyota Motor North America today announced a collaboration to launch a student-led mobility initiative. The aim of the program, which begins the fall semester of 2018, will bring the local community together with students to find better ways to connect people to things like education and jobs, and expand usage of zero or low emission vehicles.
The initiative will bring together an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to facilitate a project called “Clean Low Emissions Approach & Novel Transportation Innovation Practice” (CLEAN-TRIP). The project is the first of a series of university mobility initiatives across the U.S. to be announced by Toyota.
“Creating a clean, safe and more efficient environment for the campus proper, as well as the immediate and larger community, has been a major thrust of AAMU for decades,” notes Dr. Ernst Cebert, facilitator of the project and professor within the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences. “Through this project, we will engage students with hands-on learning to address real world problems.”
Toyota is providing an initial grant of $300,000 to fund the initiative, which includes scholarships for students accepted into the program. In addition to funding support, students will work with Toyota to learn Toyota Way problem solving and critical thinking skills. Once in the program, the students will collaborate with community residents to better understand their mobility challenges, and then designing, prototype and implement a pilot program.
“We partnered with AAMU because of their focus on renewable energy, strong STEAM programs, and history of preparing well-qualified graduates,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “By developing a mobility solution through collaboration with the community, we can help guide students to create better ways to move that also improve quality of life.”
In 2017, AAMU also received funding from the Federal Transportation Agency to purchase zero/no-emission electric buses for its fleet.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
About Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University is a fully accredited, nearly 143-year-old land-grant institution located in Huntsville, Ala. Internationally respected as a center of learning, research, culture and opportunity, AAMU has produced over 30,000 graduates, including Pro Football Hall of Famer John Stallworth, American Idol Ruben Studdard and Olympian Jearl Miles Clark. Annually, the doctorate-granting entity serves as the host site for several conferences sponsored by numerous associations. Moreover, some 20 Nobel Laureates have visited the campus in as many years. With more than 6,000 students, AAMU is a state, regional, national and international resource impacting thousands globally.