Toyota says that tests to verify the feasibility of using fuel-cell electric trucks to reduce CO2 emissions in logistics will begin in the Spring of 2022. The Japanese automaker appears to have a lead on using fuel-cells in heavy trucks to address the harmful effects of global warming. Toyota and Hino are jointly developing heavy-duty FCETs, and Asahi Group, NLJ, Seino Transportation, Yamato Transport, and Toyota will perform the road trials in their logistics operations.
The goal is to accelerate the early commercial application of heavy-duty FCETs contributing to the development of a sustainable society. The air quality goals may be achieved, at least in part, by reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty FCETs, which account for approximately 70% of all CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles in Japan.
At issue are Range and load carrying capacity. The heavy-duty FCETs used in highway transportation must have enough range and load capacity, as well as being able to refuel quickly. Fuel cell systems, which are powered by high-energy-density hydrogen, are believed to be effective for the electrification of trucks. Daimler Truck is also exploring the possibilities. The heavy-duty FCETs that will be developed by Toyota and Hino have a target range of ~600 km. The objective is “to meet high standards for both environmental performance and practicality as a commercial vehicle.”
Each of the companies participating in the trials have set global environmental problems as key management issues and are taking various actions including reducing energy consumption in manufacturing processes and reducing environmental impact in logistics operations. Going forward, each company says it will accelerate its efforts for early practical application of heavy-duty FCETs with the aim of contributing to the development of a sustainable society.
Toyota: Transportation of parts between Toyota plants in Aichi Prefecture and Toyota Tobishima Logistics Center in Nagoya Port.
Yamato Transport: Transport of collected parcels and other packages between the Haneda Chronogate Base and the Gunma Base . (*A base is a facility that functions as a parcel sorting and highway transportation hub.)
Seino Transportation: Cargo will be transported from the Tokyo Branch to the Sagamihara Branch and the Odawara Branch.
Asahi Group & NLJ: Asahi Group will load the trucks with beer and soft drinks produced at its Ibaraki Brewery and whisky, spirits, wine, and other products from Asahi Breweries Heiwajima Delivery Center. The products will be unloaded at NLJ Sagamihara Center, and cargo from Kansai will be retrieved and returned to the Ibaraki Brewery.
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