Plano-based Toyota Motor North America and the company’s truck and bus subsidiary, Hino USA, say they will jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell electric big rig for the North American market.
The companies will use Hino’s new XL Series chassis and Toyota’s fuel cell technology to deliver “exceptional capability without harmful emissions,” according to an announcement Monday. The collaboration expands on an existing partnership to develop a 25-ton fuel cell electric truck for the Japanese market, which was announced earlier this year.
The first demonstration vehicle is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021, Toyota said.
“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 a statement from Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer at Toyota Research and Development.
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