Toyota establishes a hydrogen fuel cell R&D center in Beijing

by Oct 28, 2022

Toyota has begun construction of a commercial vehicle fuel cell research and development center in Beijing, China. When finished, the R&D center will also house fuel cell manufacturing and testing lines. The project is managed by Toyota Motor Corporation’s joint ventures in Beijing including United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD) dedicated to technological research and development, and Toyota Huafeng Fuel Cell Co., Ltd. (FCTS) which focuses on production and market promotion. This hydrogen fuel cell R&D center will cost approximately 8 billion yen ($53.718 million) in total.
Toyota previously manufactured hydrogen passenger cars with two models, the Mirai XLE and Mirai Limited, but now they are focusing on hydrogen commercial vehicles in addition to that. Toyota has signed agreements with Caetano Bus and Air Liquide to develop hydrogen buses and heavy-duty vehicles after making its mark in the passenger car segment.
Toyota has set a goal of selling more than one million zero-emission vehicles (battery electric and FCEVs) annually by 2030, with a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% or more over the vehicle’s entire life cycle compared to 2013 CO2 emission levels.
On the country front, China plans to deploy 10,000 fuel cell light commercial vehicles by 2025, also one million fuel cell vehicles by 2030. Also, this project’s completion will accelerate the hydrogen energy industry’s rapid development, effectively promote the promotion of fuel cell vehicles, and speed up the accomplishment of a hydrogen energy society and environmentally friendly mobile society in China.
According to PTR analysis, the growth rate of fuel cell passenger cars in China is 83.98%, while the growth rate of fuel cell light commercial vehicles is 258.94% until 2025. As a result, this project will assist China in meeting its goal of deploying hydrogen vehicles.

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