Hexagon Purus will supply hydrogen systems to Toyota Motor North America for its newest prototype hydrogen-powered heavy-duty fuel cell electric truck powertrains, as part of a new $1m deal.
This is the third heavy-duty truck project in three years that the Hexagon Composites subsidiary has collaborated on with Toyota.
Earlier projects included Toyota’s proof of concept for the Los Angeles ports, supporting the ports’ efforts to reduce harmful emissions (2017) and a hydrogen Tobus model from CaetanoBus that utilises Toyota’s leading fuel cell electric technology (2019).
Toyota believes hydrogen fuel cell electric technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future.
Heavy-duty trucks are typically used for highway transportation; therefore, they are required to have sufficient cruising range and load capacity as well as fast refuelling capability.
For this reason, fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen with its higher energy density are considered effective.
“Hydrogen is the main focus of Hexagon Purus. We are pleased to be selected once again to collaborate with Toyota,” said Todd Sloan, Executive Vice-President of Systems, Hexagon Purus.
“We look forward to leveraging our extensive experience in lightweight, reliable and safe hydrogen storage and systems to help Toyota pave the way to zero emission commercial transport.”