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Toyota moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020

Toyota projects that global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will increase significantly after 2020 to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company unveiled plans for two major new facilities: a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell (FC) stack mass production, and a new line in an existing plant to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

Manufacturing both components at scale is critical to achieving lower system costs and wider availability for further growth and sales of FCEVs.

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FC stack.

To increase FC stack output, Toyota will move production from its current location, within one of the existing buildings at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, to a brand-new, eight-floor high-tech facility on the same premises, near the original site of the company’s first automobile factory in 1938.

The production of high-pressure hydrogen tanks will be handled by a new, dedicated line to be added inside the nearby Shimoyama Plant (Nº 3) in Miyoshi City (Aichi Prefecture). Previously, the hydrogen tanks were assembled at the Honsha plant on a smaller scale. Toyota’s hydrogen tanks are made of extra-thick carbon fiber and are built to withstand major impacts.

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Artist rendering of the FC stack production building within the Honsha Plant premises.

The new facilities are expected to help significantly reduce CO2 emissions during the production stage. This is one of the initiatives for the Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 announced in October 2015.

Construction of the new hydrogen tank line at Shimoyama is starting now, while the exterior for the new stack production facility is already finished and work will now begin on the interior. Details of the respective facilities will be announced later with a view to start operations around 2020.

Expanding sales. Toyota introduced the mass-produced fuel cell sedan, the Mirai, in December 2014. Annual production and sales have increased yearly, going from about 700 units in 2015, to around 2,000 units in 2016, and, most recently, approximately 3,000 units in 2017. However, in order to encourage more widespread use of hydrogen-powered zero-emission vehicles, popularization needs to start by the 2020s. Toyota aims for annual sales of FCEVs to top 30,000 units globally from around that time.

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At present, Mirai is sold in eleven countries: Japan, the United States, and nine countries in Europe. Toyota is working to develop an environment that will allow FCEVs to be sold in more countries and regions in the future. As part of this, demonstration tests of Mirai are currently under way in Australia, Canada, China, and the U.A.E., and Toyota is examining demand for FCEVs while continuing to help with initiatives to promote hydrogen infrastructure development.

In the Japanese market, Toyota aims to reach sales of at least 1,000 FCEV units per month and more than 10,000 units annually, from around 2020. Sales regions within Japan will be expanded further from the current four major metropolitan areas to allow even more customers to enjoy Mirai.

On the commercial side, Toyota started sales of FC buses to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in February 2017, and introduced the final version, the Sora, in 2018 with three additional units. Toyota aims to sell at least 100 such buses ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Going forward, Toyota will expand its FCEV product range and continue to strengthen product appeal, aiming to bring the cost down. Also, Toyota will keep working with Toyota Group and other companies to develop a hydrogen supply infrastructure and construct a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain.

Comments

Davemart

No sign of 'production hell' at Toyota, nor any psychotic tweets from the CEO.

Just a smooth and co-ordinated ramp.

It is becoming more and more obvious who the fools were in 'fool cells'

HarveyD

Toyota has continued/persistent vision.

After leading the way with (6+ millions) HEVs since 1997 and recently with many excellent PHEVs and BEVs it is and will remain the leader with excellent mass produced affordable FCEVs.

Cleaner lower cost H2 will soon be available in Japan, So-Korea, EU, USA and China.

SJC

They have a semi proto that uses fuel cells.
It seems like the leaders of this company have vision not bluster.

electric-car-insider.com

OP> Toyota projects that global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will increase significantly after 2020 to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000.

Global production 30k. In 2020.

BNEF says EV sales will hit 11 million in 2025.

https://about.bnef.com/electric-vehicle-outlook/

HarveyD

FCEVs (ground, air and sea) going vehicles will be an alternative/complementary to BEVs, specially for larger vehicles and all weather long range units.

Unmanned drones (taxis and delivery vehicles) could use future ultra light FCs.

Lad

HD:
I'm all in on the idea of hydrogen ships and airplanes. Surplus electricity could be used to create stored hydrogen for use in these transportation systems..

Davemart

Big battery BEVs for long range consume so much energy in their production that the total lifecycle emissions are worse than a plain hybrid, or a PHEV.

And with current battery technologies costs are rapidly approaching levelling off, at around $200KWh at the total pack level including all the inverters and so on.

Without radical change in the technology, they remain uneconomic ex subsidy and will remain so.

Solid state batteries are better in being less bulky, and won't catch fire, which incidentally is a problem unique to Tesla not general to BEVs or PHEVs as they are the only ones stuffing cylindricals into a function they were never designed for, are unlikely to reduce costs.

None of that means that a radical change making big batteries viable is impossible, but the notion that all it will take is incremental improvements to current batteries is quite false.

In contrast no breakthroughs are needed for fuel cell cars, which does not mean that they are any less likely to happen than for batteries, improving their already viable costs and performance,

TED Schmitt

Toyota does not currently produce a car that appeals to me, but I applaud them for continuing to push ahead with the REAL future of cars (fuel cells).

SJC

We can keep hoping for better batteries, but this does the job in semis now.

Account Deleted

First of all Toyota has sold 11 million Electrified vehicles that includes Hybrids, Plugins, Electric & Fucell vehicles.
https://insideevs.com/toyota-sold-1-5-million-electrified-cars-in-2017-but-less-than-51000-plug-ins/

The plant is nice with its 6 floors.
So Toyota is not willing to give up on Fucell's.
Then let's hope they will sell in 1,000s soon to catch up to Electrics.

Will they sell a Prius Fucell version.
Still 30,000 units/year is nothing compared to that many Electric vehicle that Tesla sells in a Quarter and which is going to increase soon.

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