Pepper Motion to source fuel cells from Toyota
The German electric converter Pepper Motion will install fuel cells from Toyota in its hydrogen drive system for commercial vehicles. Pepper Motion has signed a corresponding supplier agreement with Toyota Tsusho Nexty Electronics Europe.
The Toyota fuel cells form the basis for the hydrogen version of Pepper’s conversion kit and will be used for the first time in 25 H2 trucks based on Mercedes Benz Atego, which are currently being put into operation by the company Paul Nutzfahrzeuge.
“With our products and developments, we are making an active contribution to reducing emissions in transport towards the major goal of zero emissions and CO2 neutrality – open to technology and geared to the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle sector,” explains Andreas Hager, Managing Director of Pepper Motion. “The contract with Toyota is another milestone on the way there and we are very happy to have Toyota, the market leader in the field of fuel cells, on board as a reliable supplier of cutting-edge technology in the commercial vehicle segment.”
Pepper Motion also recently realigned its sales focus, in an attempt to close in on individual requirement analysis with customers. This partnership is likely part of that. Previously, Pepper Motion had mainly focused on electric trucks and buses, going as far as testing a solar bus kit in Germany last year. A month later, Pepper signed a battery system supply contract with Impact Clean Power Technology from Poland.
Toyota, on the other hand, has extensive experience with hydrogen systems, from marine applications, such as was reported in July, to personal cars, for which the Japanese manufacturer has a global strategy. However, recently, the hydrogen strategy has fallen under increasing criticism for both the costs of operating fuel cell cars, as well as the company’s BEV strategy. Toyota also supplies fuel cell drives for the Mercedes eCitaro hydrogen.