Toyota Motor North America and Hino USA have joined forces to develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck for the North American market.
In order to develop the truck, the vehicle manufacturers will combine the newly developed Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota’s fuel cell technology.
The companies expect the first demonstration vehicle to be complete in the first half of 2021.
Tak Yokoo, Senior Executive Engineer at Toyota Research and Development, said, “A fuel cell powered version of the Hino XL Series is a win-win for both customers and the community.”
“It will be quiet, smooth and powerful while emitting nothing but water. Toyota’s twenty plus years of fuel cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience will create an innovative and capable product.”
Glen Ellis, Hino’s Senior Vice-President of Customer Experience, said, “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.”
“Hino shares a common focus with Toyota when it comes to durability, reliability and innovation with the customer at the centre of design which makes this collaboration a game changer.”
The partnership expands upon the existing effort to develop a 25-tonne fuel cell electric truck for the Japanese market which was announced earlier this year.
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