In a joint undertaking between Toyota, consortium companions and the UK authorities funding, the primary Hilux Hydrogen Gas Cell Prototype has been constructed. It’s the first of 10 supposed to be constructed earlier than the top of the yr.
Gas cells generate electrical energy by merging hydrogen with oxygen, releasing solely water and warmth as byproducts. This Hilux’s powertrain makes use of components from the Toyota Mirai. The automaker estimates that it has a spread of 365 miles between hydrogen refills.
The hydrogen tanks seem to suit between the body rails, roughly the place the cabin does. The extra gasoline cell elements are positioned beneath the hood, the place the combustion engine is often discovered. The battery is positioned within the again.
The carmaker plans to place the ten prototypes by way of rigorous testing to make sure the mannequin lives as much as the Hilux’s rugged work horse requirements. The corporate is getting ready assessments for security, performance, and sturdiness. They’re additionally utilizing these prototypes to discover the alternatives and dangers of a fuel-cell-powered pickup.
Lastly, Toyota is exploring producing a Land Cruiser powered by gasoline cells on prime of different variants with Plug-in hybrid and all-electric applied sciences.