Toyota and convenience stores test fuel-cell delivery trucks in Japan

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Toyota and convenience stores to test fuel-cell delivery trucks in Japan: Toyota Motors and 3 major convenience stores said Tuesday they will carry out trials of fuel-cell electric delivery trucks in 2021. The fuel-cell vehicles use hydrogen to generate electricity and do not emit carbon dioxide. The envisioned tests by Toyota Motors. Its subsidiary Hino Motors and the convenience store operators will use light-duty trucks with a maximum payload of three tons being developed by the 2 automakers.


The 5 companies plan to examine whether the use of such light-duty trucks is practical. However, it is viable for transporting merchandise between distribution centers and convenience stores. They will also identify challenges in cost efficiency and establishing the necessary infrastructure.

An adequate cruising range, fast refueling, and load capacity among the significant requirements for delivery trucks that transport products. It including pre-cooked meals, to multiple convenience stores. So, Toyota Motors and Hino Motors are aiming for a cruising range of about 400 kilometers on one tank of hydrogen.

Despite their appeal as a green alternative to conventional gasoline vehicles, fuel cell vehicles still face infrastructure and other technical difficulties, including establishing compressed hydrogen refueling stations. Furthermore, Toyota Motors, which in 2014 rolled out the world’s 1st mass-produced FCV. The Mirai is among nearly 90 companies that set up an association to promote the greater use of hydrogen in Japan.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said Japan will achieve carbon neutrality, or net-zero carbon emissions, by the 2050 Year.

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