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.
Dams briefly break with data leak
For a brief moment, tens of thousands of documents from major automobile manufacturers, including industry secrets, were openly available online. The leaks affected VW, Toyota, GM, Ford and Tesla.
Toyota & Seven-Eleven launching fuel cell project
The basic agreement to use hydrogen and fuel cell transport to power convenience stores in Japan more sustainable had been made already last year. Now Toyota and Seven-Eleven agreed on a more detailed plan and schedule to launch fuel cell trucks and renewable energy storage systems.
EU Project ZEFER testing business case for fuel cell cars
Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out, or ZEFER in short, is a new EU project that will deploy a total of 180 FCVs in three European capitals, namely Brussels, Paris, and London. The €26m project is designed to see how hydrogen fleets perform in the real world, that is as taxis and police cars.
Toyota Connected establishes European base
Toyota’s subsidiary Toyota Connected, a data based provider of mobility concepts, has founded a European base in London. Toyota has been developing data-based mobility solutions with their subsidiary for about two years now.
Toyota to make batteries for hybrid cars in Thailand
Toyota plans to build a battery factory in Thailand to produce power packs for its hybrid vehicles from 2020. Unnamed sources say the Japanese corporation expects PEV sales to rise in the country due to tax incentives and that it also needs to fulfil its own forecasted demand.
Toyota upgrades RAV4 hybrid SUV
Toyota has arrived in New York bringing an upgraded RAV4 with them. It’s the hybrid’s fifth iteration and the Japanese say they wanted a bolder design. Performance data has not been given but launch is set for 2019 in Europe.
£8.8M OLEV funding to improve H2 infrastructure in UK
A consortium including ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai has won £8.8 million in funding from the British Department for Transport. They are to improve the UK’s network of hydrogen filling stations by improving existing ones and also installing new sites.
Toyota to conquer Brazil with Flexible Fuel Hybrid
Toyota has special plans for the Brazilian market: A prototype based on the Prius, but using so-called Flexible Fuel Hybrid technology has been introduced. The Hybrid FFV can run on gasoline, as well as alternative fuel sources, such as ethanol.
Japan H2 Mobility (JHyM) alliance now fully formed
Eleven companies, including Toyota, Nissan, and Honda have jointly set up the planned Japan H2 Mobility (JHyM) business. They aim to install infrastructure for filling fuel cell vehicles across all of Japan and will start operating this April.