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Plano-Based Toyota Partners with the DOE on a $6.5M Megawatt-Scale Fuel Cell Project

by | Aug 24, 2022
Fuel cells for cars? Think bigger—because Toyota sure is. After developing hydrogen fuel cell technology for over 25 years, mostly aimed at carbon-zero vehicles, the company is scaling up the tech for uses far beyond cars. Now it's working with the U.S. government to build a system that can add energy to the grid, power things like data centers, and more.
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DI People: Toyota, ERCOT, Bank of Texas, Comerica Bank, LERMA/, and More Make Leadership Moves
by | Aug 19, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from UTD's Center for Brainhealth, DART, Enseo, LiquidAgents/StaffDNA, Alpine Advanced Materials, Runway Growth Capital, Optic Gaming, Dallas Thrives, Downtown Dallas Inc., TechGenies, Kainos Capital, Texas Motor Speedway, and more.
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Aurora Unveils Ride-Hailing Test Fleet, Gives Toyota Execs an Autonomous Ride Toward DFW Airport
by | Mar 23, 2022
Aurora capped off a six-month pilot test of its autonomous Toyota S-AM minivans in Dallas-Fort Worth by giving Toyota North America CEO Ted Ogawa and other execs a ride toward DFW Airport yesterday.

Aurora will continue to test and develop its ride-hailing and autonomous trucking tech from Dallas, including a new trucking route from Dallas to El Paso. It expects to launch its ride-hailing product, Aurora Connect, in late 2024.
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West Dallas STEM School Inspires Toyota’s $110M ‘Driving Possibilities’ Program
by | Mar 3, 2022
The program is based on the success seen at the West Dallas Stem School—supported by around $5 million in donations from Toyota and a collaboration between Dallas ISD and SMU. Now Toyota is taking the STEM-focused educational model across the country, to help prepare students in pre-K through 12th grade for the workforce, while providing a variety of other community engagement activities.
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Toyota Motor North America Continues To Lead in R&D Patents Among Automakers

by | Feb 9, 2021
Toyota added 2,819 patents to its collection in 2020—up four percent from the previous year. The Plano-headquartered company says it invests over $1 million in emerging technology globally every hour.
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Toyota Unveils Expanded Online Car Buying Experience to Keep Up With Shifting Retail Patterns
by | Feb 1, 2021
Toyota Motor North America's complete online retail experience, SmartPath, gives customers the ability to purchase a car without ever visiting a dealership.
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Toyota Motor North America Advances Fuel Cell Electric Tech on Heavy-Duty Truck Prototype
by | Dec 14, 2020
"This is an important step in the transition to emissions-free heavy-duty trucks," according to TMNA Research and Development's chief engineer Andrew Lund.
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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Discusses Parallel Crises Facing City, Looks to the Future
by | Dec 11, 2020
During Eric Johnson’s term as Mayor of Dallas, he's had to respond to two major crises so far: the ongoing pandemic and an increase in violent crime. Mayor Johnson addressed these issues in The Year-End Conversation and also touched on initiatives to develop Dallas’ workforce and transform the city into a destination for startup companies.
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State of Public Education: ‘We Really Need Our Business Partners to Know How Important This Is,’ says RISD Leader

by | Sep 29, 2020
State and regional education leaders discussed sustained investment in public education, COVID-19 response, and next steps in the virtual 2020 State of Public Education event.
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Toyota USA Foundation to Address the COVID-Caused Digital Divide With Nearly $3.4M in Grants
by | Sep 28, 2020
The funding from the philanthropic arm of Toyota USA will provide virtual learning resources for more than 350,000 students at schools in 13 states. In North Texas, that includes the Dallas Independent School District, Plano Independent School District, and Dallas-based Uplift Education.
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Women Who STEAM Awards Luncheon to Honor Eight Diverse Local Female STEAM Leaders
by | Aug 19, 2020
The event benefits The Dallas Chapter of The Links, Incorporated's STEAM Academy for middle and high school girls of color as well as its scholarship program.
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Toyota Motor North America Makes Four Executive Moves on its Automotive Operations Team
by | Aug 18, 2020
Bill Fay, the senior vice president of automotive operations, will be retiring while three other employees are receiving promotions.
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Toyota’s $750M Green Bond Backs Buying, Leasing Environmentally Friendly Vehicles

by | Feb 14, 2020
Toyota sees green bonds—this one being their fifth—as an important tool to fund the sale of environmentally friendly vehicles, while providing an attractive option for sustainability investors.
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Follow the Money: Toyota Invests $394M in Air Taxi Maker, TestFit Nets $2M Seed Round, Transplace Makes Acquisition
by | Jan 16, 2020
In this weekly roundup of funding, merger, and acquisition activity, you’ll also find news from TestFit, Valify, Pharos Capital, EDSCO Fasteners, and Dottid.
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Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz to Retire in April
by | Dec 11, 2019
Lentz spent 38 years at Toyota, which included leading the North American headquarters move from California to Plano. Chief Operating Officer Tetsuo “Ted” Ogawa will succeed Lentz.
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DI People: Toyota, MoneyGram, Lennox International, Gardenuity Make Executive Moves
by | Oct 1, 2019
In this weekly roundup of leadership and executive moves from North Texas companies, you’ll also find news from Thryv, Highland Capital, Razberi, and Nuvectra Corp.
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