Toyota Develops Industry-first Fuel Cell Lift Truck

Maintenance is significantly lower than electric lift trucks, whose batteries must be periodically charged, refilled with water and replaced.

Published: 10-Jan-2007

Toyota Material Handling USA Inc. will display a prototype of the industry’s first fuel cell lift truck at ProMat 2007. The prototype, called the Toyota FCHV-F, was developed by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) in cooperation with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).

"Toyota’s commitment to the environment is widely illustrated through its vast motor vehicle and truck applications," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling. "However, this is the first example of a fuel cell lift truck that is designed to significantly reduce emissions."

Using hydrogen as its main power source, the Toyota FCHV-F produces electricity without combustion and generates zero carbon dioxide emissions. Overall operating costs are reduced due to less fuel consumption and lower maintenance.

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