Manufacturer Toyota Motor North America and Hino USA have teamed up to develop a heavy-duty electric truck for the north American market.
The firms will use the new Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota’s fuel cell technology to create a new demonstration vehicle in the first half of 2021.
Speaking about the move, senior executive engineer at Toyota Research and Development, Tak Yokoo, 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.”
Glenn Ellis, Hino 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 center of design which makes this collaboration a game changer.”