Fuel cell vehicles on curated approach in China
SAIC Maxus has released 80 fuel cell minivans in Shanghai through Xiangdao Chuxing, a SAIC mobility platform. The hydrogen-powered Maxus Mifa forms part of a growing FCEV line-up bolstered by support from the Chinese government. Toyota, too is trying to make a stand in China.
Toyota announces US prices for the 2022 Mirai
Toyota has announced pricing for the 2022 Mirai in the US, expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships this December. Prices for the fuel cell electric vehicle start at $49,500, excluding a ‘Dealer Processing and Handling Fee’ of $1,025.
DRIVR launches 100 hydrogen taxis in Copenhagen
The app-based taxi service DRIVR has deployed more than 100 hydrogen cabs in Copenhagen this month. The fleet of Toyota Mirai runs against the backdrop of the Danish government’s target to ban sales of ICE cabs by 2025 and that all existing taxis must be emission-free by 2030.
Total joins HysetCo’s fuel cell joint venture in Paris
Total is buying a 20 per cent stake in HysetCo, a joint venture focused on hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. The joint venture owns a fleet of around 700 taxis, the majority of which are still diesel vehicles, but will be gradually converted to hydrogen vehicles by 2024.
Toyota officially joins hydrogen catamaran project EODev
Toyota Motor Europe is a new shareholder in the start-up Energy Observer Developments (EODev). The French company was founded in 2019 with the aim of driving research and development of the H2 catamaran Energy Observer, for which Toyota is supplying the fuel cell technology.
Toyota & SinoHytec found fuel cell joint venture
Toyota is founding another joint venture for commercial vehicles with fuel cells in China. The new joint venture, in which Toyota and fuel cell specialist SinoHytec each hold a 50 per cent stake, will focus on the production and sale of FC systems.
Fuel cell spacecraft from Japan
The manned FC lunar vehicle that Toyota is developing with the Japanese space agency JAXA is taking shape. Currently, test parts for all technological components are being developed for the rover prototype, which will be named the Lunar Cruiser.
Australian initiative to build hydrogen infrastructure
The Fortescue Metals Group and ATCO Australia signed an agreement to explore the potential of fuel cell vehicle filling infrastructure in Western Australia. They will build and operate a hydrogen station in the Perth area, fueling a showcase fleet of Toyota Mirai.
Toyota & Hino developing Profia fuel cell truck
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota and its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors are developing a fuel cell truck based on the Hino Profia. The vehicle will use technology that Toyota developed for the next generation Mirai.
The Mirai does 650 km on one cow’s poop
One cow’s annual poop output (out-poop?) is apparently enough to generate a year’s supply of hydrogen to fuel Toyota’s second-generation Mirai fuel cell sedan. This is not a random reference, Toyota is indeed building its first manure-powered hydrogen fuelling station in California.
Holland’s first H2 taxi fleet hits the road
Noot Personenvervoer now operates the first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet in the Netherlands in The Hague. Fuel cell taxis will also be on the road in Wiesbaden, Germany in the future – but significantly less than in The Hague.
Toyota hands over 8 Mirai to the Olympic Committee
Toyota has handed over eight of its Mirai fuel cell models to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. On 23 June, a new headquarters of the IOC will be inaugurated in Lausanne, which will be geared towards sustainability.
Toyota reveals an improved fuel cell truck
Together with U.S. American truck specialist Kenworth, Toyota has developed the next generation of its fuel cell truck created in the course of “Project Portal“. The model now travels more than 300 miles (482 kilometres) on one fill.
Hydrogen JV HysetCo launches in Paris region
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have launched a joint venture called HysetCo to develop hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. It will also serve Hype, the fleet of fuel cell taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operated in Paris.
Toyota has converted a Tundra into a fuel cell vehicle with more than just a simple twist. The Mirai system powers not only a fully functioning pizza oven but also a pizza-baking robot.
Toyota planning to enter FC mass market
Toyota plans to manufacture a series of fuel cell vehicles in the SUV, pick-up and utility vehicle sectors, starting around 2025. In order to facilitate the jump to mass production, Toyota plans to minimize use of expensive materials, such as platinum.
EV Sales in China.
In China 398,000 NEVs that includes PHEV have been sold throughout September this year. Last month alone saw an almost 80 percent rise, with the total growing 37.7% compared with 2016. China targets sales of 700,000 NEV before the year’s end.