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Toyota signs new agreement to increase development of hydrogen technology

Toyota Mirai

Toyota has signed a new memorandum of understanding with Air Liquide and CaetanoBus to help develop hydrogen systems in Europe.

Air Liquide – a French industrial gases and technology company – and Portuguese bus and chassis manufacturer CaetanoBus will work with Toyota to “accelerate the expansion of hydrogen mobility for light and heavy vehicles”.

The trio will combine their efforts to “address the entire hydrogen mobility value chain”, ranging from the production of renewable or low-carbon hydrogen to refueling infrastructure. Their focus will initially be on buses, light commercial vehicles and cars, although hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks will also be part of development plans later on.

Matthieu Giard, Vice-President, member of the Executive Committee of Air Liquide, supervising in particular the Hydrogen activities, declared: “As a key solution for reducing CO2 emissions in the mobility sector, decarbonated hydrogen is a catalyst essential to the energy transition. Air Liquide is pleased to partner with Toyota and CaetanoBus. »

Toyota is one of two manufacturers to offer a hydrogen vehicle in the UK, with its Mirai. The other is Hyundai’s Nexo, both vehicles using stored hydrogen to generate electrical power through a fuel cell. Currently, there are 14 hydrogen filling stations open to the public in the UK.

Matt Harrison, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to combine our strengths to expand the development of hydrogen clusters. Toyota’s role is to integrate hydrogen applications into the ecosystem and, working with our partners, we want to accelerate and scale up the use of hydrogen as a carbon-neutral solution for mobility.

Patrícia Vasconcelos, CEO of CaetanoBus, added: “It is a great pleasure to work on hydrogen projects with these partners and to have the chance to reinforce the role of new forms of energy in the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle.”