Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota since 2003 and currently leads a team of research engineers and scientists assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the automotive industry. Research areas include petroleum and alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, consumer choice and power generation.
Mr. Wimmer is also responsible hybrid, plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicle external affairs and technical activities within Product Regulatory Affairs. He coordinates these with other Toyota divisions in the US and abroad. Additionally, he manages energy collaborations with other corporations, the company’s interaction with the US Department of Energy and a portion of TMNA’s university research activities.
Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Wimmer was Technical Director of Fuel Cell Bus Programs at Georgetown University for twelve years where he provided technical and program management oversight during the design, fabrication and testing of five fuel cell / battery hybrid transit buses.
A native of California, Mr. Wimmer has an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA.