Toyoda Gosei has launched a large high-pressure hydrogen tank designed for use with freight trucks.
The need for these large tanks is expected to grow for the use on the fuel cell trucks that run on hydrogen. The new tanks are used in the mass-market light-duty fuel cell electric trucks that are being brought to the market by Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT), backed by Toyota Motor Corporation, Isuzu Motors Limited, and others.
These newly developed large tanks can be filled with about eight times as much hydrogen as the passenger fuel cell vehicle tanks Toyoda Gosei produces for the Toyota Mirai (the second generation model), which are installed in the rear of that vehicle. In developing the larger tanks, Toyoda Gosei applied the technology for high-efficiency storage of hydrogen the company and Toyota Motor had refined in the tanks for the Mirai.
Delivery trucks travel long distances and make multiple deliveries each day, and so need to have a long driving range and fast re-fuelling. Fuel cell trucks meet these needs and are expected to come into greater use. Toyoda Gosei will contribute to a hydrogen society through the development and production of hydrogen tanks that are a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles.
CJPT was established in April 2021 as a company that plans CASE technologies and services for commercial vehicles.