Toyota and Hino Jointly Develop Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric Truck for North America
October 6, 2020
Toyota Motor Corp and its subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. have agreed to jointly develop a hydrogen-powered Class-8 fuel cell truck for the North American market.
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Toyota's long track record of exceptional fuel cell technology
The companies will use fuel cell technology and the newly developed Hino XL chassis Series. Toyota has long proven to deliver exceptional fuel cell technology, which provides no carbon emissions. According to Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer at Toyota R&D, “Toyota’s 20-plus years of fuel cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience will create an innovative and capable product”.
"Expanding upon our proud heritage of the Hino powertrain, Toyota Fuel Cell Technology offers our customers a commercially viable, extended range, zero emissions vehicle in the near term," said Glenn Ellis, Hino's Senior Vice President Customer Experience. "Hino shares a common focus with Toyota when it comes to durability, reliability, and innovation with the customer at the center of design which makes this collaboration a game changer."
Since 2017, Toyota has already been involved in a pilot project with fuel cell trucks at the Port of Los Angeles. At the same time, Toyota has long ago begun to invest in hydrogen cars and technology despite the fact that there is still limited demand. Fuel cell technology is seen as a crucial technology in reducing carbon emissions produced by vehicles and other forms of mobility.
The first demonstration vehicle is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021.