The hydrogen Toyota Hilux, getting closer

The hydrogen Toyota Hilux, getting closer

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, the subsidiary of the Japanese brand in the United Kingdom, is fully involved in the development of the fuel cell for its pick up 100% electric, and now we know that this future Hydrogen Toyota Hilux It will come true sooner rather than later. The truth is that, more than two years after the trials and testing process began, the project now faces its last phase with the manufacturing of 10 prototypes that will be used to develop the aforementioned version from scratch. emissions.

Specifically, the ten units assembled at the Derby (England) facilities are divided into tasks as follows: five to finish evaluating the safety, performance, functionality and reliability of the model, thus generating real driving data to optimize its operation, and another five that will be used for customer and press demonstrations. In this way, as we say, it is clear that the official launch of the hydrogen Hilux is only a matter of time.

According to the manufacturer in the statement, the knowledge derived from the Hilux project will contribute to the next generation of fuel cell technology, which will offer longer life cycles, greater autonomy and substantially lower costs. "Toyota expects that by 2030 Europe will be one of the main hydrogen fuel cell markets, with constant growth in different mobility and energy generation applications," they announce.

How the hydrogen Toyota Hilux will work

The base is taken from Toyota Mirai, which has been on sale in Europe since 2021 and has been sold in other parts of the world since 2015. From there, with the particularities of the Hilux body, it is expected to achieve a range of up to 600 km thanks to the three high-pressure tanks in which the fuel will be stored (2,6 kg each.)

The polymer electrolyte fuel cell group will be made up of 330 cells and will be located on the front axle. In addition, as usual, the hydrogen Hilux will have rear-wheel drive through an electric motor located in the rear area. In terms of performance, It will deliver about 182 HP and 300 Nm of maximum torque.

«When circulating, the fuel cell prototype produces no emissions other than water vapor. "It has a lithium-ion hybrid battery to store the electricity produced on board by the fuel cell, which is located in the rear cargo tray, on top of the hydrogen tanks, and in this way, does not take up space in the cabin," they point out from the Toyota UK headquarters.

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