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Toyota Hilux: a hydrogen fuel cell prototype

The Japanese firm is working on a prototype Toyota Hilux pickup powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Toyota announces that it has identified a new opportunity in the commercial vehicle market in terms of offering zero-emission products: indeed, the Japanese manufacturer will develop the use of energy hydrogen on its utility vehicles.

For it, Toyota secured funding from the Advanced Propulsion Center (APC) to develop new cleaner technologies and new mobility solutions. This government body plays a fundamental role in the British automotive landscape, participating in the financing of projects aimed at developing automotive technologies.

Toyota Hilux: a hydrogen-powered prototype

The first project to benefit from this initiative is the development of a prototype of Toyota Hilux powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Toyota has teamed up with UK-based engineering partners Ricardo, ETL, D2H and Thatcham Research to complete this project:

“The UK is one of the main markets for vans and an important market for Toyota. This financing represents a tremendous opportunity to develop a zero-emissions solution in a critical market segment. We would like to thank the UK Government for funding which will allow the consortium to study the development of a fuel cell powertrain for the Toyota Hilux, supporting our carbon neutral ambition.”said Matt Harrison, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.

Toyota Hilux Hydrogen: an ambitious project

The objective of this project is to adapt components of second-generation Toyota fuel cellfound in particular in the latest Toyota Mirai, to transform a Hilux pick-up into an electric vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The project will be led by the brand’s teams in the UK, while an R&D team from Toyota Motor Europe will provide technical support to allow the UK-based teams to develop their own technical expertise, with the aim of develop next-generation hydrogen propulsion solutions.

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Toyota Hilux Hydrogen: towards carbon neutrality

For more than 20 years, Toyota has aimed to achieve carbon neutrality by offering a range of electrified vehicles including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell models. The development of hydrogen energy is an essential axis to achieve this objective.

The initial prototypes will be produced at Toyota’s site in Burnaston, England, in 2023 : the objective is then to prepare a production in small series. This project represents an opportunity to study Toyota’s fuel cell technology in the utility pickup segment, essential for a number of companies and industries to achieve decarbonization.

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