Motomachi Plant Raises up to Toyota's Fuel cell Forklifts
Toyota's Motomachi plant in Toyota City, Japan, the production hub of its advanced Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle, now has a fleet of 22 fuel cell forklifts.
Transforming hydrogen into electricity, just like the Toyota Mirai, the Toyota fuel cell forklift creates zero emissions when operating. Its convenience of refuelling in three minutes is on par with the traditional forklift. However, its ability to be a source of electricity in an emergency or during power cuts is an added enhancement.
Toyota’s goal is to reach 170 to 180 units by 2020, increasing the use of fuel cell forklifts in its own production facilities. The initial roll-out of Motomachi on 31st January 2017 introduced two forklifts, providing a massive load rating of 2.5 tonnes. The total number of units rose to 22 with an additional 20 units in March 2018.
Toyota has set its self a goal with its Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 and is developing technology to harness hydrogen energy, implementing it within its processes where possible. With an overarching aim reduce all plant emissions to zero, Toyota is working alongside environmental agencies, promoting the adoption of fuel cell vehicles within industry to actualise and continue their environmental journey.