Toyota to Assemble Fuel Cell Modules in US for Heavy-Duty Trucks
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Toyota will begin assembling integrated dual fuel cell modules in the United States starting in 2023. They are intended for use in hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty commercial trucks.
The company said it will install a dedicated line at its facility in Georgetown, Ky.
“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 emission-free option in the Class 8 heavy-duty segment,” Tetsuo Ogawa, CEO of Plano, Texas-based Toyota Motor North America, said in a release.
The system provides more than 300 miles of range at a full-load weight of 80,000 pounds. The dual fuel-cell modules, a key component of an overall fuel cell kit, weigh about 1,400 pounds. They deliver up to 160 kilowatts of continuous power, according to Toyota.
The fuel cell kit also will include a high-voltage battery, electric motors, transmission and hydrogen storage assembly from top-tier suppliers. Toyota also will help truck manufacturers adapt these emission-free drivetrain systems to a wide variety of applications in the heavy-duty trucking sector. — Transport Topics
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