TOYOTA AND ITS ALTERNATIVE FUEL FUTURE part 2

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT

Did you know that the Toyota hybrid systems are modular? That means that compared with most car makers it's easier for Toyota to make a normal hybrid a plug-in, or a pure EV or even a fuel cell vehicle on a much larger scale.

Toyota has been inventing, developing and finessing new technologies for years, however it believes that unless a solution is a mass market one, it doesn't necessarily solve the issue for the customer. The car market, and the wider national infrastructure to support alternative fuel vehicles, is still developing.

Crucially, Toyota have learnt through the hybrid leadership that consumers go on a journey when it comes to changing tech and what works is co-operating with stakeholders (everyone involved, in other words) to help customers feel confident in making those choices. That means everyone working together to build understanding.

With that in mind, Toyota has been working with governments around the world, including in the UK, towards making a new generation of alternative fuel vehicles a real option for the majority of buyers.

When the time is right, Toyota have the technology, the manufacturing capability and the experience to make a mass market impact in EV.

Only last month news emerged about an exciting new solid state battery technology discovered by Toyota engineers in Japan, which has the potential to vastly improve range and lower charging times. This is just one of hundreds of projects around battery development Toyota is undertaking. They are working on the development of a huge variety of next generation batteries, for example: all-solid, metal-air, sodium ion and magnesium (multi-charged ion).

As new generations of Toyota hybrids, plug-ins and EV comes to market in the coming years we want to offer the very best vehicles possible, of the right type, at the right time, to meet the needs of everyone.

MORE THAN JUST ELECTRIC VEHICLES

However the 2050 Challenge is bigger than just EVs. To work, it will need to embrace

many powertrain technologies and formats.

If we are to achieve mobility for all we need to recognise that people's needs are different depending on their circumstances, what they use a vehicle for, and where they live.

Toyota see a future with a holistic range of vehicle types: HVs, PHVs, EVs and something else ... the ultimate eco cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

With the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, they have launched another element of that 2050 Challenge. Mirai is a car which runs on hydrogen filled up from a fuel station pump just like a normal car today, which doesn't need charging and produces only pure water from its exhaust.

Mirai is packed with a multitude of unique technologies which have combined to create a step­change in FCV usability. Thanks to that work you can take a Mirai taxi in London today and the only thing you'll notice is how nice a car Mirai is to ride in.

Here's an example. Toyota engineers invented a revolutionary tank system for storing hydrogen in cars. Toyota then made 290 patents covering the hydrogen tanks royalty free in order to help others in their FCV development.

In fact, Toyota made a total of 5860 patents concerning FCVs royalty free, in order to speed up the uptake of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Here in the UK (as well as globally) Toyota are working with government and other partners to facilitate the growth of hydrogen infrastructure towards the day when FCVs can become a real everyday option, not just for private cars but also commercial vehicles. It will take time but, as hybrid showed, Toyota is a company that plans for the future.

This is just a taste of what Toyota is developing and working on and we hope it gives you a glimpse of what Toyota is planning for the alternative fuel future.

Toyota don't do much shouting, but they do a lot of thinking, creating, inventing, developing and planning.

We think that's the way to build ever better cars.

If you would like any further advice on alternative fuel company vehicles, please get in touch with Adrian Hall, Business Centre Manager or Kirstin Godson, Business Sales Executive on 0116 285 2851 (Select Option 4). Email: fleet@farmer-carlisle.toyota.co.uk