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Look out, Nikola: Toyota and Hino partner for fuel cell-powered semi truck – Roadshow

Right here come Toyota and Hino, able to shake issues up.


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Again in 2017, which truthfully looks like one or two lifetimes in the past, Toyota confirmed off Project Portal — a gasoline cell-powered semi truck it appeared somewhat critical about. Then, a 12 months later, Project Portal 2.0 confirmed up and additional underscored Toyota’s dedication to hydrogen gasoline cell know-how. Right here we’re in 2020, and Toyota has formally stated it’ll develop a manufacturing semi truck that runs on gasoline cells.

The Japanese automaker made the announcement on Monday: In spite of everything these years of flirting with the potential of a Class 8 truck, by golly Toyota’s going to do it. But it surely will not do it alone. The automaker stated it would work with Hino, a Japanese business automobile producer. Hino will present the semi chassis, and Toyota will carry its gasoline cell powertrain to the occasion. The ultimate consequence will likely be a zero-emissions semi truck with specs to make the automobile aggressive for the North American area. Toyota and Hino already stated they’d associate on a truck for Japan, however the two will not be an identical.

What sort of specs the manufacturing semi will pack is not clear but, however Venture Portal 2.zero possible gave us a preview. The prototype semi made 670-plus horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque and will deal with 80,000 kilos. All of the whereas, the 2 hydrogen gasoline stacks and a 12 kilowatt-hour battery helped the truck go 300 miles. The one byproduct from the powertrain? Water.

Toyota and Hino plan to point out off a “demonstration automobile” within the first half of 2021. And Toyota has a reasonably lengthy historical past in gasoline cells. At a time when hydrogen-electric startup Nikola is beneath hearth for a lack of proprietary technology, it is most likely not an excellent feeling for opponents to see Toyota formally toss its hat into the ring.

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