Toyota has revealed that it would like to build a plant for the purpose of manufacturing hydrogen cell plants which is one of the main components when it comes to fuel cell vehicles as a means for expanding their use as a zero emissions alternative to combustion as well as other electric powered vehicles means. This new plant is going to be established on the grounds of the Honsha plant near the headquarters of the automaker.
New Fuel Stack Plant
Toyota has also stated they are coming up with a line to be dedicated near the Shimoyama plant in order to come up with tanks for the purpose of storing high pressure hydrogen gas inside the cars. In the past, the tanks were assembled at the Honsha factory but on a smaller scale. The hydrogen tanks are made from a thick fiber and they are made to withstand a lot of punishment so to speak.
Toyota claimed the fuel cells are at a mature level in the production phase and are ready for scaling up. They continued to say there is a need for more widespread use of hydrogen powered zero emission vehicles and so popularization needs to begin within the next two years. However, it is already happening.
The popularization is currently there on alternative means of fuel. It may be that other EV’s are getting more press than hydrogen, but the fact is diesel and petrol are losing clients in the northern hemisphere every day. It is a matter of time before hydrogen fuel cells become one of the major source contenders.
Toyota Expands Sales
Toyota has been an advocate for alternative fuels considering it sells the Mirai sedan which is the first fuel cell EV. The pricing is a bit pricier than base level Tesla’s at $65,807.51 within the Japanese market. The annual production and sales for the Mirai have steadily been increasing from 700 units in 2015 to 3000 units being shipped in 2017. As such, Toyota aims to increase their sales to a level of 30,000 units by the next decade.
Currently, it is being sold in about eleven countries, spanning Japan, the European bock and the United States. Toyota is aiding in this by initiatives promoting the development of hydrogen power infrastructure.
The sales regions within already established markets such as Japan are to be expanded further from the four main metropolitan regions to allow even more of the clients to enjoy Mirai. Toyota has been exploiting the commercial angle of hydrogen fuel cells as well. In 2017 they deployed fuel cell buses to the Metropolitan government of Tokyo. The final version dubbed ‘Sora’ was introduced in 2018 with three additional units.
The company’s objective would be selling 100 of these buses ahead of the Olympic and Paralympics games that are to take place in 2020 in Tokyo. In the future, it will definitely expand the range of fuel cell options and strengthen the appeal of the product while brining the cost down. They may also breach different segments to offset certain markets such as sport and luxury to give clients an option.