Toyota has been give government approval in Japan to build and inspect hydrogen tanks, bring the production of the new Fuel Cell car closer.
With anticipation and excitement growing stronger and stronger for the Toyota FCV’s release, we are now one step closer to seeing it on the road with Toyota gaining the government’s approval status for them to build and inspect manufactured hydrogen tanks that carry high amounts of pressure.
This has been a large hurdle in Toyota’s race to produce the world’s first road legal hydrogen powered vehicle due to the strict Japanese laws that outline all pressurised gas containers should be type-certified and should be available at all times to inspect for an official safety inspection throughout the manufacturing process.
Now that Toyota have been given the go ahead, this boost in plans means that they can now ramp up the production of hydrogen tanks that can store hydrogen fuel at 70mpa (700bar) pressure. As a knock on effect of this, the manufacturing of the Toyota FCV will also being increased placing it nicely on track to be ready for the market introduction in Japan, Europe and America in next year.
The approval of the hydrogen tanks has been a large milepost in the creation of the FCV, creating delays in the timetable for Toyota and its inventory control.
Now Toyota are in full forward motion, the approval of the tanks has given them the opportunity to streamline the manufacturing process, allowing them to maintain a good level of safety standards and high quality – also improving their efficiency and productivity which should assist in keeping the cost of the FCV down.
Toyota first revealed details and images of the FCV earlier this year, making them one of the strongest competitors so far to provide us with a fully hydrogen powered vehicle, injecting over 20 years of hard work aiming to embrace diverse energy sources.
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