Toyota Hilux, the development of a Fuel Cell version starts

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Toyota, as we know, does not only look at hybrid and electric technologies but as well as those based on hydrogen. The Japanese automaker is now offering the Mirai, a Fuel Cell car and is also experimenting with hydrogen as an alternative fuel to the traditional one. Now, the manufacturer is taking its strategy a step further by announcing that it has started the development of a Fuel Cell version of the Toyota Hilux.

This project is one of the most important part of the project. carried out by a consortium led by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UKwhich sees some UK companies among its partners: Ricardo, ETL, D2H and Thatcham Research. In addition, the project will be worked on by a team of students. as well Toyota Motor Europe which will supply; technical support for the development of the Fuel Cell powertrain.

The development of the Toyota Hilux Fuel Cell will be funded by the English organization Advanced Propulsion Center (APC). Indeed, last year Toyota had obtained funding from the APC, presenting a "project to contribute to the development of new technologies and mobility solutions for the company. more environmentally friendly”.

FIRST PROTOTYPES IN 2023

From a technical point of view, Toyota has made it known that to create the new powertrain of the Hilux, it will start from from its second generation fuel cells, those that we find today on board the Toyota Mirai. The first prototypes will be ready in 2023 and production will be taken care of by the company. Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK at the Burnaston site.

If the tests are successful, the aim is to produce a small series of the Toyota Hilux Fuel Cell. Matt Harrison< /strong>, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, commented:

The UK is one of the most popular markets in the world. one of the key markets for pickups and is one of the most important markets in the world for pick-up trucks. an important market for Toyota. This funding represents a huge opportunity for us to start a career. to develop a zero-emissions solution in a key market segment. We want to thank the UK Government for the funding which will allow for this. the consortium to study the development of a Fuel Cell powertrain for the Toyota Hilux, supporting our ambition to achieve fuel neutrality. carbon.

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