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Toyota New Zealand has announced the expansion of its business activities to exploring and supporting the advancement of hydrogen technology and development in New Zealand.
“As we continue to focus on increasing our electrification in our light vehicle fleet, we are looking to explore the applications of hydrogen technology outside of the automotive industry,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Officer.
“This is not a distraction from BEV application in our light vehicle fleet, it is to ensure our ongoing business resiliency beyond just mobility through alternative business opportunities.”
Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the fuel cell module to help realise a hydrogen society through widespread utilisation across a variety of applications including trucks, buses, trains, ships and stationary generators.
“We have strong support from Toyota Motor Corporation to explore a variety of commercial partnerships to advance hydrogen technology in New Zealand,” says Neeraj.
Toyota is committed to providing a diversified range of carbon-neutral technologies to meet the needs of every country and region. New Zealand is an ideal place, with our renewable energy and resourceful culture, to test new ideas and innovate for a better future.”
“We are supporting our long-term partners, Emirates Team New Zealand by supplying them the hydrogen fuel cell system as a way to investigate the different applications of this carbon neutral technology,” says Neeraj. “We have secured from Toyota Motor Corp. two prototype units for the ETNZ trial that were still in their preproduction phase.”
“We will also continue to explore other corporate partnerships to further popularise this technology beyond the automotive light vehicle industry in New Zealand.”
“Toyota will seek to explore a number of Hydrogen Projects that are in the early phases in New Zealand as an active member of the New Zealand Hydrogen Council,” says Neeraj.
“As New Zealand looks to be a major player in green hydrogen, we are keen to work with the New Zealand Hydrogen Council, our other partners such as Mitsui, and energy supply partners, Hiringa and Obayashi Corporation to continue the advancement of hydrogen technology.”
Toyota has been developing the fuel cell technology for more than 20 years and has been leading the industry with its commercialisation of the Mirai and fuel cell buses, and forklifts for practical use.
“Toyota has set challenging targets for CO2 reduction globally, and we are taking proactive measures to promote the development and sale of electrified light vehicles.”
“We are striving to share technologies and systems as it is our belief that environmental technologies should not be monopolised, while helping to contribute to the reduction of C02 emissions through becoming a technology systems supplier.”
Toyota’s Fuel Cell System module: