In addition to its electric plans and pursuits, the Japanese group announced from Kenshiki its intention to expand in Europe and in terms of hydrogen propulsion, announcing the creation of a unit that will coordinate the promotion of this technology in the old continent, undertaking from research and development to the production of corresponding technology as well as the development of the supply network and sales, with the full name Hydrogen Factory.
The creation of the Hydrogen Factory will manufacture fuel cell technology, seeking commercial partnerships for this purpose and as part of Toyota’s goal of climate neutrality in Europe by 2040, 10 years ahead of Japan’s corresponding global goal.
According to Toyota’s estimates, Europe will be one of the largest markets for hydrogen by 2030, given the EU’s targeting, which in the context of the “Green Deal 2027” invests 45 billion euros, of which 284 million, almost 1/3 of the budget of the European fund for the development of infrastructure will be given to the installation of hydrogen refueling stations on the main European road axes.
To be precise, the relatively recent European directive that also determined the quota of electric charging points, foresees hydrogen refueling stations every 200 km on the TEN-T (trans-European transport network).
It should be noted that Toyota has recently introduced a hydrogen-powered Hilux that utilizes the technology of the corresponding Mirai technology which was introduced in 2015 and is still available in selected markets in Europe and the world. The Hilux in question was built in collaboration with a British consortium in 10 units and is already in the development testing phase.
In addition, Toyota has been implementing fuel cell technology in heavy-duty vehicles for several years in collaboration with France’s Hyliko and the Netherlands’ VDL, already using hydrogen-powered trucks in its transport fleet. In exactly the same context, it is already launching a collaboration with the Norwegian Corvus in order to develop fuel cell technology that will be used for maritime transport on cargo ships, as well as with the French GCK for the conversion of the diesel-powered buses to hydrogen-powered ones.
According to the recommendations, at the same time, Toyota is preparing with a horizon of 2026 to present the new generation of fuel cell technology which will promise a 20% increased autonomy but also a reduction in production costs by 1/3 thanks to the technological innovations that will incorporate the new design .