At this year’s CEATEC, Toyota is exhibiting the Kirobo Mini interactive robot and an exhibit that emphasizes the importance of creating a hydrogen energy based society.
It is displaying a cut model of the Mirai FCV, which was released at the end of 2014 and quickly rose to the top of the world’s FCV market, and a hydrogen fuel forklift built by Toyota Industries. The forklift is part of the Tokyo and Yokohama Seaside Demonstration Project aimed at building a low carbon hydrogen fuel-based society that will launch in November. Other participants include Kanagawa Prefecture, Iwatani Corporation, Toshiba and other organizations located in the area.
According to Toyota Industries Development Group Division Two chief Hiroki Suzuki, this project produces hydrogen from electricity created through a wind farm owned by the city of Yokohama, which is then delivered by hybrid truck to plants and other facilities in Yokohama and Kawasaki and used as to power FCV forklifts. Its purpose is to construct a logistics system for plants and warehouse energy that is low carbon through renewable energy.
Toyota and Toyota Industries plan to offer a total of 12 forklifts. Suzuki says, “Through this project, which runs until the end of 2018, we are assessing the feasibility of doing this.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)