Huge news for the automotive industry: Toyota, Isuzu, and Hino have just inked a new partnership aimed at jointly developing battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles (BEVs and FCEVs), autonomous driving technologies, and electronic platforms for commercial vehicles.
Through the new partnership, the three companies plan to combine Toyota’s CASE (connected cars, autonomous/automated driving, and shared and electric) technologies with Isuzu and Hino’s CV know-how. This will help accelerate the implementation and dissemination of CASE technologies and help the automotive industry—particularly the CV industry—achieve carbon neutrality.
The three automakers have also officially established a new company, the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation. The company will plan CASE technologies and services for CVs based on discussions among the three parent companies.
Granted, collaborations in the automotive industry are nothing new, even among commercial vehicle manufacturers. But what makes this one so important is because this involves three industry giants working together to create sustainable commercial vehicles that would be viable in a carbon-neutral future.
The official press release also reads: “Going forward, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota intend to deepen their collaboration while openly considering cooperation with other like-minded partners.” That should bode well for the entire industry in general.
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