A fuel cell truck specifically built for North America is set to go into development by Toyota Motor Corp.
The global auto manufacturer this week confirmed its plans to provide technology and the chassis for its subsidiary Hino Motors.
In a statement Toyota said the chassis it would supply is based on its new XL Series but it would not disclose how the Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck would be created.
A prototype is expected to be ready next year
No timeline for production or preorders has been provided to date.
“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,” said Tak Yokoo Toyota Senior Executive Engineer of R&D.
“Toyota’s 20-plus years of fuel-cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience will create an innovative and capable product.”
Toyota Fuel Cell Technology, according to Glenn Ellis, Hino’s Senior Vice President Customer Experience, expands upon the proud heritage of the Hino powertain.
“Toyota Fuel Cell Technology offers our customers a commercially viable, extended range, zero emissions vehicle in the near term,” he said.
“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,” said Ellis.
Since 2017 Toyota has been running a pilot project in Los Angeles involving the evaluation of fuel cell commercial vehicles.
California air regulators established controversial new regulations for heavy trucks in August as part of the state’s plan to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 per cent by 2024.
Daimler AG and Volvo Group announced a memorandum of understanding on fuel cell powered heavy duty trucks the same month.
In March, Toyota first announced an agreement with Hino to develop a 25-tonne H2 powered semi for the Japanese market.