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Hino backs all-encompassing emissions reduction goal

Having recently launched its new ultra-low emission 500 Series Standard Cab range, Hino is keen to highlight other environmentally friendly initiatives such as those incorporated in its new production facility at Koga in Japan.  

“The 500 Series Standard Cab will be the cleanest Japanese-built medium duty truck in Australia, meeting Japan’s stringent post-Post New Long Term (pPNLT) emissions standards, which is equivalent to Euro 6,” said Hino Australia’s Manager of Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.

“This introduction is well before the Australian Government has even finalised legislation to define what its next level of emission regulations will be, let alone when it will be implemented.”

“However, our commitment to the environment at a local and global level goes far beyond that. In fact, a staggering 95 per cent (by vehicle weight) of the 500 Series Standard Cab is made from materials that can be recycled.”

As part of its commitment to the Hino Environmental Challenge 2050, Hino aims to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its vehicles by 90 per cent.

“Hino will work towards this goal by continuing to evolve existing technologies and by developing next-generation products including lower emission diesel engines, plug-in hybrids, diesel/ electric hybrids, electric and fuel cell vehicles,” said Petrovski.

“Another target of the Challenge is to produce zero carbon dioxide emissions in the vehicle manufacturing process,” he said.

“At our recently built Koga Plant, where the 500 Series Standard Cab is produced, we use cutting-edge technology to reduce energy and water consumption and in so doing reduce the impact on the environment,” said Petrovski.

“Clever measures at the Koga Plant include subterranean heat collection using geothermal heat, rainwater collection for toilet flushing, natural lighting and limiting air conditioning up to two metres from the floor,” he said.

“These new measures at Hino’s Koga facility are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 per cent and use 65 per cent less water when compared with conventional Hino production plants.”

It is not just on a global scale that Hino is looking to be a leader in strategies for environmental impact reduction.

In 2007, Hino Australia was the first truck manufacturer in Australia to introduce a hybrid commercial vehicle to the Australian market, the Hino 300 Series Hybrid.

“The Hino 300 Series Hybrid is the best-selling diesel/ electric commercial vehicle in Australia with eight variants available and almost 600 vehicles sold and in operation,” said Petrovski.

According to the Green Truck Partnership case study (a NSW State Government collaboration with industry), a comparison between a light-duty diesel commercial vehicle and its hybrid counterpart found that the hybrid version delivered a 21 per cent fuel efficiency benefit relative to the conventional diesel variant.

“The amount of greenhouse gas created by the burning of fossil fuels is directly proportional to the amount of fuel used,” said Petrovski.

“Therefore, a 21 per cent fuel saving results in a direct 21 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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