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Toyota to supply fuel cell battery cells to commercial vehicle makers
Automotive News China | 2019/4/23

Toyota Motor Corp. will supply fuel cell battery cells to Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers to aid commercialization of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. 

The company said it will provide the battery cells to state-owned Chinese commercial vehicle maker Beiqi Foton Motor Co. by way of SinoHytec Co., a Beijing hydrogen fuel cell engine developer. 

The fuel cell battery cells will be used in SinoHytec¡¯s engine to power Foton¡¯s buses, Toyota said. 

The Japanese automaker aims to supply fuel cell battery cells to other Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers going forward, the company added.

Toyota on Sunday said it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China.

The initiative, outlined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a speech at Tsinghua University, is part of the Japanese carmaker's efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand business in the country by beefing up manufacturing capacity and distribution channels, a source close to Toyota said.

The Tsinghua-Toyota Joint Research Institute will conduct research into cars and new technology to solve environmental problems in China, including reducing traffic accidents, Toyota said in a statement.

The institute will "cooperate in research not only related to cars for Chinese consumers, but also in research related to active utilization of hydrogen energy that can help solve China's energy problems," the company said.

The move dovetails with Toyota's announcement this month that it would offer carmakers and suppliers around the world free access to nearly 24,000 patents for electric vehicle technologies.

Toyota has started road tests of the Mirai fuel cell car and the fuel cell version of the Coaster van in China but it hasn¡¯t set a timetable on launching sales of the two vehicles. 


Toyota plans to launch sales of its first two electric vehicles -- the battery versions of the C-HR crossover and the IZOA -- in China in 2020. 

The Japanese company produces and markets gasoline, conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China. 

In 2018, Toyota¡¯s China deliveries advanced 14 percent to 1.47 million. It aims to increase local sales by 8 percent to 1.6 million this year.

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