Japanese auto giant Toyota has partnered with truck subsidiary Hino to develop a Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric Truck (FCET) for the North American market.

The technology has yet to take off like battery-electric hybrid vehicles, but Toyota is one of the major players making a strong bet on hydrogen, which it sees as the answer to the electrification of larger vehicles.

The collaboration between Toyota and Hino will unite the first fuel cell technology with the new Hino XL series chassis, which is a classic cab truck typically powered by an 8.9-liter A09C six-cylinder diesel engine capable of generating up to at 360 hp and 1559 Nm. of torque.

This is a continuation of the collaboration from earlier this year in which Toyota and Hino announced their intention to build a 25-ton FCET for the Japanese market. The first vehicle of this initiative will go into service in the first half of 2021. While there are no dates to see the fuel cell truck, we shouldn’t have to wait too long.

Building on our proud Hino powertrain heritage, Toyota Fuel Cell Technology offers its customers a short-term, commercially viable, long-range, short-term zero-emission vehicle.

Glenn Ellis, Vice President Hino.

A fuel cell powered version of the Hino XL series is a solution that benefits both customers and the community. It will be quiet, soft and powerful while emitting only water. Toyota’s more than twenty years of fuel cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck expertise will create an innovative product.

Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer at Toyota Research and Development.

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