Toyota moves hydrogen fuel cell technology to production


Toyota is looking at every sector to move to more sustainable energy sources to power its manufacturing centers and the automobiles they manufacture as part of its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2035.

Toyota is moving its ground-breaking hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric technology from prototypes to production after thousands of miles of real-world testing in the demanding environment of commercial trucking.

A fuel cell drive train kit has never been built in a Toyota plant outside of Japan. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hone the talents that will serve as the foundation for their shift into a mobility company.

A Toyota motor manufacturing facility in Kentucky began building fuel cell drive train modules for use in hydrogen-powered heavy-duty commercial trucks in the fall of 2020.

The fuel cell kits put Toyota’s electrification goal into sharper focus by allowing truck manufacturers to install emissions-free fuel cell electric technology into existing platforms while retaining Toyota’s technical assistance under the hood.

Toyota is paving the road for bid reductions in polluted areas by providing truck manufacturers with a carbon-neutral diesel alternative backed by Toyota’s dependability and durability.

Toyota will also provide power train integration knowledge to assist truck manufacturers in adapting these emissions-free drive train systems to a wide range of heavy-duty transportation applications.

Toyota is speeding up the early testing phase, with the modules likely to be used for the first time by clients in 2023.

Toyota unveiled its second-generation Mirai, a passenger vehicle that runs on hydrogen and emits only water vapor, earlier this year in the California and Hawaii markets.

Anela Dokso

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