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H2HQ: Toyota’s latest move in the hydrogen fuel cell market

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has announced the renaming of its Research and Development office in California to the North American Hydrogen Headquarters (H2HQ). This change reflects Toyota’s ongoing commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology and its applications across a range of products. The newly named H2HQ will focus on everything from research and development to commercialization and sales of hydrogen-related technologies.

The H2HQ facility includes various research assets such as Toyota’s largest dynamometer and a hydrogen fueling station that accommodates both light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Future plans for the site include the construction of a flexible microgrid, a sustainable customer education center, and other enhancements aimed at supporting hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The renaming aligns with a broader strategy by Toyota, which recently reorganized its hydrogen business in Japan into a centralized “Hydrogen Factory.” This move aims to accelerate the development and production of hydrogen-related products. Similarly, Toyota Motor Europe has launched its own Hydrogen Factory to promote the growth of the hydrogen business and support the rollout of hydrogen ecosystems across Europe.

The North American H2HQ will play a crucial role in driving Toyota’s hydrogen initiatives in North America and supporting the localization of global hydrogen technologies. The facility will focus on several hydrogen applications including light-duty and heavy-duty fuel cell opportunities, stationary power generation, and port vehicle applications.

California State Senator Josh Newman praised Toyota’s decision to base the H2HQ in California, highlighting the state’s goals of achieving a clean-energy economy and reducing carbon emissions. Moreover, the construction of a new microgrid at the H2HQ campus is underway. This microgrid will feature a combination of solar panels, fuel cells, and a battery energy storage system, with plans to be fully operational by 2026.

Toyota’s commitment to hydrogen technology is not new; the company has been developing hydrogen fuel cell solutions for over three decades, demonstrated by their various products like the Mirai passenger vehicle and heavy-duty trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. These efforts are part of Toyota’s larger strategy to promote zero-emission technologies and reduce environmental impact.

Written by EV Pulse Staff

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