Driven by evolving customer demand and holistic approach Toyota to mobility in all sectors, the company has identified a new opportunity in the commercial vehicle market in terms of offering emission-free products.
The consortium, led by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., will receive funding to develop a Hilux fed to Fuel Cell.
In collaboration with highly skilled UK-based engineering partners the project’s goal is to adopt fuel cell components Toyota second generation (as used in the latest Toyota Mirai) for the transformation of a Hilux in a Fuel Cell vehicle.
Toyota’s latest, second-generation Fuel Cell technology will be used for the transformation.
“The UK is one of the key markets for pickups and it’s an important market for Toyota. This funding represents a huge opportunity to develop a carbon-neutral solution in a key market segment. We want to thank the UK government for funding that will allow the consortium to study the development of a Fuel Cell for Toyota Hilux, supporting our ambition to achieve carbon neutrality”
commented Matt Harrison, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.
As part of the funding, the first prototypes will be produced at the site TMUK of Burnaston throughout 2023. Following positive performance results, the aim is to prepare for small series production.