Toyota has revealed a new fuel cell forklift truck. The forklift has been developed as part of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) project ‘Kitakyushu Smart Community Creation Project’. Toyota Industries first prototyped a fuel cell forklift in 2005 and has been working on a commercial model since. The vehicle has a continuous power rating of 8 kW and a maximum output of 32 kW.
Two forklifts and a 350 bar hydrogen refuelling station will be deployed at Toyoda Gosei’s Kitakyushu site. Hydrogen will be supplied from the by-product of a nearby steel plant. The demonstration will run until March 2014.