October 6, 2020
Heavy Duty Trucking Info
Competition in the fuel-cell electric truck space continues to heat up, with the Oct. 5 announcement of a Class 8 tractor to be developed jointly by Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America. This effort builds on technology previously developed by Toyota under Project Portal, which got under way in 2017.
The two companies (Toyota is Hino's parent company here in the U.S.) will leverage the Hino XL Series chassis, unveiled in 2018, with Toyota's proven fuel cell technology to deliver exceptional capability without harmful emissions, Hino says. This collaboration expands on the existing effort to develop a 25-ton fuel cell electric truck for the Japanese market, which was announced earlier this year.
The fuel cell truck project is part of a new initiative Hino calls Project Z. Announced along with the fuel cell truck, Project Z is the company's development path to zero-emissions battery-electric vehicles, ranging from Class 4 to Class 8.
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