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2015 Eco-Leaders


Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 29, 2018 10:45:20 AM

The auto giant has relentlessly improved hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Automobile manufacturer Toyota has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and continues to advance sustainable, next-generation mobility through its Toyota- and Lexus- branded vehicles. This includes its breakthrough hybrid, the Toyota Prius. In North America, Toyota operates 14 manufacturing plants, employs more than 47,000 people, and sells 2.7 million cars and trucks at its 1,800 North American dealerships.

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The Toyota Mirai, one of the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, now accounts for 80 percent of all such automobiles sold in the United States.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. plans to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.

When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles. The power generation facility will be 100 percent renewable, supplying Toyota Logistics Services’ operations at the Port and making it the first Toyota facility in the world to use 100 renewable power.

Tri-Gen is a key step forward in Toyota’s work to develop a hydrogen society. In addition to serving as a key proof-of-concept for 100 percent renewable, local hydrogen generation at scale, the facility will supply all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Toyota’s heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell class-8 truck, “Project Portal.” To support these refueling operations, Toyota has also built one of the world’s largest hydrogen fueling stations with the help of French industrial gas supplier Air Liquide. 

They’re an Eco-Leader because...

  • Toyota Motor North America recently launched “Project Portal,” a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-duty truck use. The zero-emission class-8 truck proof-of-concept has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while progressively pulling drayage-rated cargo weight, and emitting nothing but water vapor. Executives view the project as the possible future of big-rig trucking.
  • In April, Toyota was named one of the top 10 companies with the most Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified retail locations. While the list includes retailers from various industries, Toyota is the only automotive brand to be included in the top ranks.
  • Toyota Motor Company North America is working toward meeting the four parts of its 2050 environmental challenge: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations and establish longer-term targets to achieve zero emissions by 2050, and lower vehicle emissions 90 percent; conserve natural habitat and partner with third parties to protect globally recognized hotspots; establish a data-tracking system to annually track the amount of packaging used; and reduce water withdrawals from North American operations by incorporating waterless manufacturing technologies and adopting water-conservation and recycling technologies to achieve 100 percent recycled water use by 2050.

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