Toyota Tsusho Nexty Electronics Europe has signed a corresponding supplier agreement with pepper motion for Toyota fuel cells. pepper motion will install Toyota fuel cells in its hydrogen drive system for commercial vehicles.
Toyota fuel cells use Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology that transforms the chemical energy released during the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. It delivers high power density and low weight and volume compared to other fuel cells.
The German company pepper develops electrification solutions for commercial vehicles. pepper has designed an economical and sustainable conversion kit for existing vehicles and a drive kit for new vehicles. The pepper kit offers a purely battery-electric or fuel-cell version.
According to the pepper motion company, the Toyota fuel cell, which is part of the hydrogen version of the pepper kit, meets all the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle sector. The fuel cell has been used in many applications, including non-automotive. Also, it is suitable for 350 bar tank systems, designed for durability, and has low maintenance costs.
Fuel cell technology is efficient for long-distance use, especially for coaches and heavy-duty transport. The Toyota fuel cell will be the base for the hydrogen version of the pepper kit and is now being used for the initial 25 hydrogen-powered trucks based on the Mercedes-Benz Atego, which Paul Nutzfahrzeuge is currently implementing.
Mr. Kakihara, President of Nexty Electronics Corporation, explained, “The realization of Carbon Neutrality is one of the major issues facing society. We hope that this agreement will serve as a means to realize this goal, and we are pleased to be a part of this initiative by pepper motion. We are delighted to co-work with pepper motion as a highly qualified expert in the development of innovative electric drive systems in the commercial vehicle sector above 7.5 t.”
“With our products and developments, we are making an active contribution to reducing emissions in transport towards the major goal of zero emissions and CO2 neutrality – open to technology and geared to the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle sector,” explains Andreas Hager, Managing Director pepper motion GmbH. “The contract with Toyota is another milestone on the way there, and we are very happy to have Toyota, the market leader in the field of fuel cells, on board as a reliable supplier of cutting-edge technology in the commercial vehicle segment.”