Light-duty trucks are often used for distribution by supermarket chains and convenience stores. In addition to being equipped with refrigeration and freezing functions, they are required to drive long distances over extended hours to perform multiple delivery operations in one day. They must also meet requirements such as fast refuelling. The use of hydrogen-fuelled fuel cell technology, which produces zero CO2 emissions while driving, is considered highly effective under such operating conditions.
Toyota is not alone in recognising the important role a sustainable, hydrogen-powered mobility ecosystem can play in the transition to net zero. Bosch’s fuel-cell power module is now in volume production, and the company is focused on developing a circular economy model that will see the valuable raw materials in its fuel cells – especially platinum – recovered and recycled at the end of a fuel cell’s useful life. Platinum acts as a catalyst in a fuel cell, accelerating the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, and Bosch believes that 95 per cent of the platinum in fuel cell stacks can be recovered.