Toyota brings the fuel cell drive to high lake

Toyota brings the fuel cell drive to high lake-cell

Toyota comes after the more extraordinary hydrogen mobility project a little back on the bottom of the facts. Instead, one focuses on projects, which one can then rather afford. In addition, Toyota shows that it is possible to use fuel cell technology from the Mirai also at sea. Because with the Energy Observer you have created an electrically powered catamaran, which builds on this Mirai drive. After a first testing in the shipyard at the end of 2019, Final Tests are now committed before it goes to the oceans.

Already since 2017, the car manufacturer accompanies the first energy-depletor ship at his world-wide project project. The electrically powered ship of the future works with a mix of renewable energies and a system that produces carbon-free hydrogen from sea water. For the currently upcoming section, ENERGY OBSERVER and TOYOTA have become even closer to develop the Fuel Cell System of the Mira and install in a compact module suitable for maritime use. This will make it possible for the ship to get more performance and efficiency, while at the same time higher reliability. In just seven months, the components were developed, produced and integrated into the catamaran.

“We are pleased to demonstrate the versatility of the Toyota fuel cell system once again. Our European research and development team has developed this module with the colleagues of Energy Observer and built into the ship. This project shows that Toyota fuel cell technology can be used in any environment and can be used in a wide variety of business areas.”- DR. Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe

In the serial limousine Mirai, but also in different buses and trucks, the fuel cell drive has been providing its everyday use for several years. The use in maritime transport is the next step on the way to a hydrogen company and a further reduction in CO2 emissions. Also from the Energy Observer is shown by the Toyota approach: “We believe that the Toyota fuel cell system is the perfect solution for this, industrially manufactured, efficient and secure,” says Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of the Energy Observer.

Corresponding experiences from the project will certainly use Toyota for itself. Because known to the Mirai, nor a niche vehicle with worldwide should be good 3.000 vehicles per year, “not too long time” much more often on the road. With commissioning of the new production facility in 2020, a significant increase in production can be achieved: annually 30 can then.000 vehicles of the new Toyota Mirai are produced. By 2025 Toyota wants to offer electrified drive options in all model series, even in the 2020s, at least ten models with pure battery electric drive should also be available worldwide. The Mirai Concept is likely to be in series on the street at the latest.

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4 thoughts on “Toyota brings the fuel cell drive to high lake”

  1. Fuel cells and hydrogen are MMN. A solution for locomotion where space and weight a more subordinate role play quite an alternative.
    In small series and for further development, it is certainly necessary to stay on the ball, especially in the development of the origin of the hydrogen still plays a subordinate role – in series production and large production, the CO2 balance sheet of hydrogen should also be questioned.

  2. I am always fascinated as Toyota’s own and new ways tried to get. If you create the breakthrough, you are the big player. If electric cars prevail, then this is no problem for Toyota, electric cars can build anyone, Toyota right ..

  3. The fuel cell then produces H2 and O2 when electricity falls on the solar cells? Otherwise the concept does not quite oppose! Or will H2 be bunked and spilled in the night hours ..


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