The realization that hydrogen can make an important contribution to a future society without harmful emissions – as stated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations – is causing increasing interest and greater investment in “hydrogen”. Companies and consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits that hydrogen offers to a wide range of applications.
Toyota: strengthening the hydrogen business case
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Business Group is based in Brussels and will strengthen the hydrogen business case and support its introduction in mobility and other areas. This makes Toyota’s fuel cell technology accessible to other commercial parties. The approach is part of Toyota’s long-term sustainability strategy.
The benefits of hydrogen are obvious
Thiebault Paquet, Director of Fuel Cell Business Group: “The benefits of hydrogen are obvious. Therefore, we expect in the short term that worldwide sales of our fuel cell systems will increase by a factor of 10. It is also the reason why we have drastically increased our production capacity. Toyota is at the forefront of hydrogen, with significant investments in a “Hydrogen Society” and the introduction of next-generation vehicles, creating new markets and building additional production capacity. “
Fuel Cell System
As early as 2014, Toyota introduced the Mirai, the world’s first sedan equipped with fuel cell technology and powered by hydrogen. Since then, Toyota has continued to develop the technology, resulting in a powertrain that is more compact, lighter and more efficient. This optimized Fuel Cell System will debut in the second-generation Mirai, which will be available in the Netherlands from March 2021 for prices starting at 65,995 euros. The new Mirai also has a greater range of 650 kilometers (WLTP).
Toyota’s proven fuel cell technology is also suitable for applications other than cars, such as trucks, city buses – such as the Caetano hydrogen bus -, forklift trucks and generators. And Toyota is also conducting tests with boats and trains.
More attractive to more consumers
To accelerate the deep uptake of hydrogen in Europe, Toyota is focusing on hydrogen clusters or ecosystems where a local infrastructure supports hydrogen transport fleets and mobility services Toyota believes such activities will drive hydrogen demand, reduce costs and improve infrastructure viability strengthen. According to the car brand, this will eventually make hydrogen more attractive to more consumers.