In a press release, Toyota sees global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) increasing significantly after 2020, to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000.
To prepare for this growth, the company prepared plans for two major new facilities : a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell stack mass production, and a new line in an existing plant to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
Manufacturing both components at scale is critical to achieving lower system costs and wider availability for further growth and sales of FCEVs, Toyota explains .
To increase FC stack output, the japanese car maker will move production from its current location, within one of the existing buildings at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, to a brand-new, eight-floor high-tech facility on the same premises, near the original site of the company’s very first automobile factory in 1938. The production of high-pressure hydrogen tanks will be handled by a new, dedicated line to be added inside the nearby Shimoyama Plant in Miyoshi City (Aichi Prefecture).