Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has put the first Toyota hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts outside of Japan into action during trials at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia's parts centre located at its former manufacturing plant at Altona, Victoria.
The zero co2-emission Toyota hydrogen fuel cell (FC) forklift demonstration is an extension of Toyota's simultaneous trial for its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which share the same hydrogen-powered technology.
Toyota's commitment to the environment is evident in the eco-friendly management systems that are used in our production facilities (ex. ISO 14001 obtained by Takahama Plant).
This commitment extends to our products:
- We are committed to developing battery-powered forklifts with the same performance levels as IC models.
- DPF-II (Diesel Particulate Filter) used to reduce emissions from diesel engines.
- 3-way Catalytic Converter System used to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines.
- Vehicles, which run on clean energy such as LPG or CNG (compressed natural gas), emitting extremely low levels of SOx, which is a major cause of global warming and acid rain.
- Plus every Toyota forklift is manufactured to be 99% recyclable.
Toyota Material Handling actively positions environmental preservation as one of its top priority management issues, and continuously sets environmental goals, and creates plans to achieve them.
Toyota has continued improving the level of exhaust emissions from its engines. Our environmental activities are underpinned by its Environmental Action Plan and Environmental Management Systems.
The Toyota Industries Group will continue to set challenging targets aimed at further reducing the environmental impact of its business activities, listening carefully to voices of its stakeholders such as customers, and acting in compliance with the letter and spirit of laws and regulations.
The Toyota Industries Group will continuously improve its environmental management, placing environmental activities among its highest priorities. In particular, the company will give priority to the following items.
Curb global warming: Aiming to reduce energy consumption and the output of greenhouse gases through the entire lifecycle of its products, services, and production activities
Use resources more efficiently: Utilizing raw materials, water, and other resources efficiently while working to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste products
Reduce environmental risk factors: Reducing the use and output of harmful chemical substances of concern while evaluating environmental risk factors at the planning stage of business activity in order to prevent pollution
The Toyota Industries Group will aim to foster greater communication and teamwork within a wide range of partnerships, including those with customers and suppliers, in order to promote sustainable management of the environment. In addition, the Toyota Industries Group will act as an upstanding corporate citizen, taking an active part in the planning of activities that contribute to various regional communities as well as to our global society.
Furthermore, we are committed to comply with standards required by relevant environmental legislation and regulations.
Toyota's R&D division have made natural resource conservation and environmental protection corporate-wide commitments. By employing automobile technologies, cleaner and powerful engines for industrial equipment have been developed. In addition to lowering noise, exhaust emissions, vibration and fuel consumption, advanced filter and converter technology ensures cleaner emissions from diesel and gasoline engines.
The work environment was a top priority in the design of the Toyota 8-Series forklift and it shows, with smoke generation being reduced to an almost undetectable level. The following optional features have been incorporated: a Diesel Particulate Filter which eliminates 100% of black smoke, a 3-Way Catalytic Converter which processes three toxic components of exhaust gases into harmless materials such as CO2, H20 and N2 promises a healthier work environment.
Noise levels have been given equal attention with the 8-Series forklift offering a low-noise package as standard equipment, and adding numerous covers, anti-vibration mechanisms, and silencers to provide a forklift that is welcomed wherever it goes into the workplace.
Toyota has reached an all new level with the release of its Diesel engine for the new big truck range being the material handling industries first common rail diesel. Built on the principle of ECO cubed, the new diesel engine brings together ease and comfort, economy and ecology with low emission advanced engine series (LEAVES). This series uses the newly developed J08E-T common-rail diesel engine. This turbo charged engine provides superb power while generating low noise, low vibration and extremely low harmful exhaust emissions.