Now, the Japanese carmaker has revealed the first images of its new hydrogen-powered concept—this Class 8 fuel cell electric truck (FCET)—and it further adds to our point that the future for this tech is, in fact, intriguing.
This FCET will be the new joint project of Toyota Motor North America and Hino USA, and the first demonstration vehicle is expected to roll out in the first half of 2021. The zero-emissions truck will be built using Hino’s newly developed XL Series chassis and Toyota’s fuel cell tech.
“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 Toyota Research and Development senior executive engineer Tak Yoko. “Toyota’s twenty-plus years of fuel cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience will create an innovative and capable product.”
“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,” said Hino customer experience senior vice president Glenn Ellis. “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.”
While the entire concept may not be as commercially compelling as a Tesla-rivaling sedan like the Mirai, this truck is arguably just as important. It’s concepts like these that bring us one step closer to removing smoke-belching, diesel-powered haulers from our roads and replacing them with environment-friendly, hydrogen-powered machines.
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