Toyota to build fuel cell plant in U.S.

Jiji Press LOS ANGELES (Jiji Press) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will build a fuel cell power generation plant at the Port of Long Beach near Los Angeles, Calif.

The plant, which will generate electricity through chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen, is part of the leading Japanese automaker’s efforts to help realize a hydrogen society free of carbon dioxide emissions.

Construction of the Tri-Gen plant is set to start in 2018. Toyota hopes to launch the plant’s operations around 2020, it said.

Using hydrogen extracted mainly from sludge and livestock waste, Tri-Gen will generate some 2,350 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day, enough to meet the daily demand of some 2,350 average U.S. households, according to Toyota.

Electricity produced at Tri-Gen and water generated from fuel cell power generation at the plant will be used for the operations at the port of local subsidiary Toyota Logistics Services, which will become the first Toyota facility in North America to use only renewable energy, the automaker said.

The plant will have a hydrogen-fueling station to provide hydrogen for a Toyota fuel cell truck under demonstration experiment for commercial use.

SUV with cameras unveiled

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled on Thursday the FT-AC compact sport-utility vehicle prototype that is capable of handling rough terrain and is equipped with cameras to record driving activity.

The new SUV will be showcased at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, set to be open to the public from Friday.

Videos and images taken with small infrared cameras attached to FT-AC’s side mirrors will be automatically uploaded to cloud-based storage, Toyota officials said.Speech

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