Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a packaged fuel cell system module. The automaker hopes to expand its usage and accessibility of the zero-emission technology amid the industry’s shift towards electric vehicles (EVs).
The new fuel cell (FC) battery system, which has been offered in separate parts, will be available in a compact packaged module to be used as a stationary power generator or in trucks, buses, trains and ships, the company said on Friday.
Toyota said it plans to sell the module to other companies in the spring of 2021 or later, but did not disclose details on price or sales target.
“Toyota has been taking various initiatives toward the creation of a hydrogen society,” the Japanese company said in a statement.
“Through these experiences, the company has learned that many companies involved in FC products in a variety of industries are looking for FC systems that can be easily adapted to their own product.”
Meanwhile, Toyota which launched a revamped Mira in December has not been successful in winning drivers over to fuel cell vehicle (FCV). The FCV segment remains a niche technology despite Japanese government backing, amid concrns about lack of fuelling stations, resale values and the risk of hydrogen explosions.
The automaker said it plans to offer horizontally and vertically packaged models, weighing about 240kg-250kg, each with a rated output of 60kW or 80kW.
Reuters explains that these module models can be combined to flexibly adapt to the output level and amount of installation space available.
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