Toyota fuel cell modules assembly starts in 2023

Toyota fuel cell modules assembly starts in 2023

Toyota plans to bring hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric truck technology into production, announcing that a dedicated line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) will begin assembling integrated dual fuel cell (FC) modules destined for use in hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty commercial trucks starting in 2023. Toyota says that the FC modules will allow truck manufacturers to incorporate emissions-free fuel cell electric technology into existing platforms with Toyota’s technical support.

“Heavy-duty truck manufacturers will be able to buy a fully integrated and validated fuel cell electric drive system, allowing them to offer their customers an emissions-free option in the Class 8 heavy-duty segment,” said Tetsuo Ogawa, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America.

The dual fuel cell modules weigh approximately 1,400 lbs. and can deliver up to 160kW of continuous power. The FC kit also includes a high voltage battery, electric motors, transmission and hydrogen storage assembly. Toyota says it will also offer its powertrain integration expertise to help truck manufacturers adapt these emissions-free drivetrain systems to a wide variety of applications in the heavy-duty trucking sector.

“This second-generation fuel cell system is necessary for a carbon neutral future,” says David Rosier, Toyota Kentucky powertrain head. “It delivers more than 300 miles of range at a full load weight of 80,000 lbs., all while demonstrating exceptional drivability, quiet operation and zero harmful emissions.”

A closer look at the fuel cell in action

You May Also Like

Volvo on Demand battery electric truck adoption program launches

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) launched Volvo on Demand, a Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) business model focused on battery electric trucks in collaboration with Volvo Financial Services (VFS). Volvo says Volvo on Demand was designed as a solution to simplify the acquisition and reduce the major upfront investment in battery-electric vehicles. Volvo on Demand provides qualified customers

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) launched Volvo on Demand, a Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) business model focused on battery electric trucks in collaboration with Volvo Financial Services (VFS). Volvo says Volvo on Demand was designed as a solution to simplify the acquisition and reduce the major upfront investment in battery-electric vehicles. Volvo on Demand provides qualified customers with flexible term options as short as 12 months and includes Volvo Trucks’ Gold Contract and the option to bundle vehicle insurance for physical damage and collision, route planning and optimization guidance, as well as consultation to find the best charging solution and incentives that might be available.

Hino, Hexagon Purus launch Tern zero-emission truck brand, RC8 Class 8 truck

Hino Trucks and Hexagon Purus announced the launch of Tern, a new zero-emission truck brand along with their inaugural truck model, the RC8, a battery electric Class 8 tractor. Related Articles – New North American zero-emission commercial truck brand ZM Trucks debuts at ACT Expo – Penske Truck Leasing to offer REE Automotive’s P7-C electric

Daimler announces battery repairing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling program

DTNA says the circular economy approach strives to extend the usability of rare-earth materials and products.

Daimler-Truck-North-America-Logo-1400
Kenworth T680, T880 trucks with Cummins X15N to begin production

Production of Kenworth T680 and T880 models with the new Cummins X15N natural gas engine will start in Q3 2024.

Kenworth-PACCAR-Cummins-X15N-Class-8-prudction-schedule
ACT Research numbers: Heavy-duty down, medium-duty up

ACT says after a year of unexpected growth, March orders may finally indicate a slowdown in capacity additions.

ACT-class-8-net-march-2024-orders

Other Posts

New Penske Energy initiative to advise, support fleets on electric truck infrastructure

Consulting offerings include strategic and operational planning, technology assessment, infrastructure designs and practical project implementation.

Eaton to offer fuses for electric trucks

Eaton says it can increase current capability by either design modifications or paralleling multiple fuses.

Eaton-1400
ACT Expo 2024 kicks off

Day one keynote speeches came from executives at Volvo, Tesla, and more.

Isuzu announces new battery EV medium-duty truck with Accelera powertrain

The companies are planning availability of the new Class 6/7 truck in 2026.

Isusu-Accelera-by-cummins-logo-combo