Toyota Motor develops modular fuel cell systems towards hydrogen powered society

On Friday Toyota Motor Corp said, it has developed a packaged fuel cell system module that cuts carbon footprint midst the industry’s tilt towards electric vehicles (EVs).

Toyota Motor, which launched a revamped version of the Mirai in December has not been successful in winning drivers over to fuel cell vehicles (FCV).

The FCV segment continues to struggle, midst concerns of lacking fuel stations, risk of hydrogen explosions and resale values, despite the move having the backing of the Japanese government.

In a statement the company said, “the new fuel cell (FC) battery system, which has been offered in separate parts, will be available in a compact packaged module to be used as a stationary power generator or in trucks, buses, trains and ships”.

Toyota plans on selling the module to other companies in the spring of 2021 or later; it did not disclose pricing details or a sales target.

“Toyota has been taking various initiatives toward the creation of a hydrogen society,” said the company in a statement. “Through these experiences, the company has learned that many companies involved in FC products in a variety of industries are looking for FC systems that can be easily adapted to their own product.”

It went on to add, it plans to offer “horizontally and vertically packaged models, weighing about 240kg-250kg, each with a output rating of 60kW or 80kW”.

The module models provide flexibility to consumers who can use them to match the output level depending on the availability of the installation space.

According to Toyota’s spokesman, the module, which packages individual fuel cell system-related products of the revamped Mirai car with enhanced performance, will be produced at Toyota’s Honsha plant in Aichi.

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