While Toyota counterparts, Honda and Mercedes, had introduced hydrogen fuel cell cars in America such as Honda FCX Clarity and Mercedes B-Class, the largest Japanese carmaker is still few years away from launching similar hydrogen fuel cell cars. However, the car maker of three popular brands in America including Toyota, Lexus and Scion, is not too late to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance campus in Southern California.
By partnering with Ballard Power Systems, Toyota activated a 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator on Thursday, October 17, 2012. While hydrogen fuel cell will produce zero emissions, the fuel cell generator will supply electricity to almost 50% of all electricity needed at its Torrance campus. With the use of an alternative energy generator, Toyota will be saving about $130,000 per year in the company’s annual utility bill. The company will also cut its energy acquired from Southern California Edison which is one of the largest electricity producers in the nation.
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