Toyota now has a fleet of 22 fuel cell forklifts at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan, production centre of the advanced Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle.
Like the Toyota Mirai, each Toyota fuel cell forklift creates zero emissions as it transforms hydrogen into electricity for operation. It’s as convenient as a traditional forklift in that it can be refuelled in approximately three minutes, but in addition can be a source of electricity during power cuts or other emergency situations.
Toyota intends to increase the use of fuel cell forklifts in its production facilities. The roll-out at Motomachi began on 31 January 2017, with the introduction of two forklifts offering a load rating of 2.5 tons. This was followed by an additional 20 units in March 2018, bringing the total number of fuel cell forklifts to 22. Eventually, the goal is to reach between 170 and 180 units by around 2020, and to deploy fuel cell forklifts at other plants.
Since announcing the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota has been developing and implementing technologies that harness hydrogen energy. The aim is to reduce all plant emissions to zero, while working with environmental agencies to promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles within industry and realise a hydrogen-based society.