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.”