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Posted August 31 , 2021


So far, battery-powered electric vehicles have gained a strong foothold in the market by promoting cleaner personal transportation. Hydrogen vehicles exist, but are usually only available on restricted leases in certain regions. However, battery technology has its limitations, especially for high-load applications such as commercial transportation. It is here that hydrogen may find that niche, and Toyota is betting on it from 2023 when developing a plant to build a fuel cell drivetrain in Kentucky.

The project will include the installation of a dedicated production line for fuel cell modules in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. These are planned to be used in heavy-duty truck applications such as semi-trucks developed by Toyota. Subsidiary Hino..

The purpose is to sell integrated fuel cell drive modules that manufacturers can incorporate into their own designs. Tetsuo Ogawa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor North America, said: “Heavy truck manufacturers will be able to purchase fully integrated and validated fuel cell electric drive systems in the Class 8 heavy duty segment.”


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