The Story of Sakichi Toyoda
Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Industries Corporation, possessed a strong ambition to contribute to society from his days as a youth. He had devoted his 63-year-long life to invention.
Toyota Industries develops and produces electronic components and devices for electric-powered vehicles, including HVs, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), EVs and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). In addition to Toyota Motor Corporation, we are pursuing business expansion to other automakers in and outside Japan.
The MIRAI is the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle (FCV) released by Toyota Motor Corporation. It has drawn much public attention as an ultimate eco car that emits only water and no CO2 while in motion. At its core are components developed by Toyota Industries, such as an oxygen-supplying air compressor and a hydrogen circulation pump, playing crucial roles and supporting the driving performance of this next-generation vehicle.
A DC-DC converter converts the high voltage of HV batteries to a lower voltage level suitable for operating lights, wipers, horns and other auxiliary devices. Since being first fitted in the first-generation Prius, Toyota Industries has been constantly working to reduce the product size and weight.
As many countries adopt regulations requiring high energy efficiency, electrification is expected to become more widespread not only for automobiles but also for materials handling equipment and other non-automotive products. Targeting the high-growth, electric-powered vehicle market, we will accelerate our development efforts to enhance our products in the fields of HVs, EVs, PHVs and FCVs while working to reinforce our production structure, thereby contributing to a low-carbon society.