JOHANNESBURG: Parties pursued the introduction of a prototype truck in South Africa, currently being developed in Japan, as soon as it’s available.
Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has on Wednesday announced the formation of a partnership to commence exploration of the development of a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem in South Africa.
According to the Sasol statement, the parties intend to develop a mobility corridor and expand the demonstration to a pilot project using one of South Africa’s main freight corridors, such as the N3 route between Durban and Johannesburg, for hydrogen powered heavy-duty long-haul trucks.
Parties pursued the introduction of a prototype truck in South Africa, currently being developed in Japan, as soon as it’s available.
Sasol President and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said, to unlock green hydrogen opportunities, we are pursuing various demonstration opportunities and partnerships, as with Toyota, with the intent of enabling and taking advantage of technology developments and breakthroughs.
Mr Grobler indicated that one of the focus areas for Sasol in South Africa is to provide a comprehensive and sustainable mobility solution.
“Our partnership with Toyota, which will include other partners over time, aims to build a sustainable end-to-end infrastructure for hydrogen mobility, initially focused on piloting the concept,” said Grobler.
On the potential for green hydrogen, Grobler added “Green hydrogen can help tackle various critical energy challenges, and is positioned for rapid global growth.”
President and CEO of TSAM Andrew Kirby said, “[w]e are excited about the partnership with Sasol, which we hope will assist in scaling up investment in critical infrastructures such as charging stations and the fuel itself.”
“It also made sense to partner with Sasol, given its commitment to developing hydrogen mobility infrastructure in South Africa, which is a much-needed enabler to introduce hydrogen products to the country,” said Kirby.
He said that South Africa is endowed with exceptional renewable energy resources making the country ideal for green hydrogen production.
“We are therefore pleased to hear of Sasol’s aspirations and commitment to green hydrogen, as this fits in with Toyota’s global agenda towards a cleaner and greener future,” he added.
It is said that the creation of value chain partnerships will be critical to enable South Africa to be globally competitive in the green hydrogen markets.