Toyota has added SimpleFuel at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. This is a small water electrolysis-based machine for hydrogen generation and filling that can produce, store, and supply hydrogen by using electricity generated from solar power.

SimpleFuel is a simplified hydrogen station that uses electricity from solar panels at the plant site to produce low-carbon hydrogen from the electrolysis of water, which is then supplied to fuel cell forklifts after it is compressed and pressurised. It can produce up to 99 Nm3/day (about 8.8 kg/day) of hydrogen, enough to fuel seven or eight forklifts. Its compact size means it can be installed in small spaces, making it suitable for refueling such vehicles within the plant.

Toyota aims to reduce CO2 emissions at Motomachi and intends to support the accumulation of new technology and knowledge.

The automaker is replacing existing conventional forklifts with fuel cell models. This began at in 2017, followed by an additional 20 in 2018.

This year, a Ministry of the Environment's subsidy allowed the introduction of SimpleFuel and an additional 50 FC forklifts.

This plan to use hydrogen produced from electricity from renewable sources has now been certified through Aichi Prefecture's Low Carbon Hydrogen Certification System.