Toyota gets ready for mass production of fuel cells

May 24, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Toyota gets ready for mass production of fuel cells
From 2020 Toyota plans to expand the mass production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks. In the coming decade, the demand for alternatively powered vehicles is expected to increase tenfold to up to 30,000 units per year.

As a reaction to rising interest for the company’s fuel cell sedan Mirai which currently is produced in small series, Toyota is cranking up the production of the two major key components for hydrogen-based mobility: Fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks. The company is building a new, eight-storey high-tech building for the production of fuel cell stacks not far from the existing production facility at the Honsha plant in Toyota City. The 70,000 square meter site will manufacture those components that convert hydrogen into electrical energy.

The hydrogen tanks will in future be produced on a separate production line at the Shimoyama plant in Miyoshi City in Aichi Prefecture. Until now, the Toyota tanks, which are made of extra thick carbon fiber and withstand even stronger impacts, were assembled in a much smaller edition in the Honsha factory.

In line with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, the new plants will contribute to CO2 reduction in production. Construction of the new hydrogen tank production line is now starting; the interior work is due to start at the fuel cell plant. Further details will be announced on the commissioning of the plants in 2020.

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