Toyota has today (June 4) unveiled plans to build another hydrogen-powered “city for a new future” in Japan.
Set to be located in Fukushima Prefecture, Toyota said it will collaborate with Isuzu, Hino and various other partners on the project.
Together, they want to create an implementation model for hydrogen-based deliveries at supermarkets and convenience stores, which play a role both as essential urban infrastructure and as evacuation areas in times of disaster.
As a first step, they will build an implementation model for a city with a population of 300,000 people, before embarking on a challenge to apply the model to similar-sized cities nationwide.
The implementation model will make use of hydrogen produced at multiple sites in the prefecture, including Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), introduce several fuel cell trucks for deliveries, optimise operational management and hydrogen refilling schedules through the use of connected technologies, and carry out energy management that caters to the prevailing local conditions.
In addition, in response to the needs and issues experienced by Namie Town―where FH2R is located – and other regions in the prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, Toyota and their partners will operate fuel cell kitchen cars and medical cars, and use hydrogen at stores and plants in Fukushima Prefecture to reduce supply chain carbon emissions.
Today’s announcement follows news Toyota revealed in January 2020 to build a hydrogen-powered city at the base of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
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Called Woven City, Toyota said the 175-acre site will become a “living laboratory” and serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.
It will be populated by 2,000 Toyota Motor Corporation employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists, and industry partners.
Earlier in May, Toyota announced it has joined forces with ENEOS to explore the utilisation and application of hydrogen at the city.