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Toyota Material Handling Europe and Eneo Solutions join forces in strategic solar energy programme

Pressmeddelande   •   Jun 18, 2019 14:12 CEST

The partnership has the ambition to develop solar power solutions that can be integrated within Toyota's product offering

With both companies looking to enable a carbon-free society, the partnership combines Toyota Material Handling Europe’s deep knowledge in electric forklifts and lithium-ion batteries with Eneo Solutions’ expertise in solar power. The partnership will be carried out in a strategic solar programme with the ambition to implement solar power systems at Toyota Material Handing’s own sites and develop solar power solutions that can be integrated within Toyota’s product offering.

As a first step, rooftop solar power systems will be installed at Toyota Material Handling’s production and management facilities in five countries, through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Installations are planned to take place later in 2019 and the headquarters in Mjölby is first out.

Towards a carbon-free society

Electrification is accelerating within logistics, driving an increased demand for renewable energy. Electric forklift trucks with lithium-ion batteries, powered by solar electricity from a company’s own roof can create environmental as well as financial gains. The vision for this solar programme is therefore also to develop solar power solutions that lets Toyota Material Handling’s partners and customers move the world towards a carbon free society. The solutions will extend from rooftop solar power solutions up to Li-ion batteries as stationary storage for solar power.

“We want our solar programme to echo all the way from our production sites to suppliers and customers who use our products. By adding more renewable energy to the grid we help to remove fossil power in Europe. That is true impact on our future – and what we are aiming for is to invite our partners and customers in this journey to the carbon-free society,” says Matthias Fischer, President and CEO at Toyota Material Handling Europe.

The programme is an important step towards reaching Toyota’s energy targets of 100% renewable electricity in 2020 and zero carbon emissions from all products and solutions by 2050.

Stationary storage for solar energy

Under the programme, the module-based Li-ion batteries will be given a third life as cost-efficient, stationary storage for solar energy. Thereby electric trucks can be charged with solar energy, even when the sun is not shining.

“Partnering up with Eneo feels like a perfect match. Their world-class expertise will guarantee effective and long-lasting solutions. It will be exciting to see what we can accomplish together to lower our products’ environmental impact.” concludes Matthias Fischer.

“This partnership is one of a kind. Toyota is determined to reach zero emissions for their products, an ambition to which solar power and battery solutions are a stepping stone. Eneo is proud to be a part of this journey.” says Harald Överholm, CEO at Eneo Solutions.

For more information, please contact: 

Matilda Hjalte, Marketing Manager, Eneo Solutions
M: +46 (0)73 035 2568

Akiko Elmwall, PR Manager, Toyota Material Handling Europe
Tel.: +46 (0)142 8 6259 M: +46 (0)72 701 1577

About Eneo Solutions

Eneo Solutions was founded in 2013 and offers its customers easy access to green energy. Eneo is a full-service solar energy consultancy and PPA provider for the world’s most ambitious leaders in environmental sustainability. The first solar PPA provider in the European Nordic region, Eneo Solutions develops custom renewable energy solutions for businesses. Today, Eneo operates more than 40 solar energy facilities for large corporations and the public sector. Visit our website to find out how your business can reduce carbon emissions with solar energy.

About Toyota Material Handling Europe

Toyota Material Handling Europe is the European headquarters of Toyota Material Handling Group, which is part of Toyota Industries Corporation – the global leader in material-handling equipment. It provides businesses of all sizes, in more than 30 European countries, with a full range of counterbalanced forklift trucks, BT warehouse equipment/services, added-value solutions and innovations. Over 95% of trucks are manufactured in our European factories, in Sweden, France and Italy – all to Toyota Production System´s (TPS) quality standards. Find out more to achieve exceptional efficiency in your operations.