Toyota secures funding to develop hydrogen gasoline cell model of Hilux
A Toyota emblem displayed on a automobile in Poland. The Japanese automotive large began engaged on the event of gasoline cell automobiles again in 1992.
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LONDON — A consortium led by automotive large Toyota will obtain tens of millions in funding to develop a hydrogen gasoline cell pickup truck within the U.Okay.
In a press release Friday, Toyota mentioned the gasoline cell-powered prototype of its Hilux pickup could be developed at its plant in Burnaston, within the East Midlands of England.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK is heading up the consortium, which is being backed by £5.7 million (round $7 million) of trade funding and £5.6 million from the U.Okay. authorities. Thatcham Analysis, D2H, ETL and Ricardo are additionally concerned within the mission.
Though the initiative is being led by TMUK, Toyota mentioned “technical help” would come from Toyota Motor Europe R&D.
“Inside the scope of the funding bid, preliminary prototype Hilux automobiles shall be produced at Burnaston throughout 2023,” it added. “As soon as profitable efficiency outcomes have been secured, the intention is to organize the automobile for small sequence manufacturing.”
An aerial view of the Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Burnaston, England. The Japanese automotive large began engaged on the event of gasoline cell automobiles again in 1992.
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The unique model of the Hilux dates again to the Nineteen Sixties, and several other iterations of the automobile have been developed since. The U.Okay. authorities mentioned a gasoline cell Hilux could be “splendid to be used in remoted settings the place electrical automobile charging is impractical.”
Friday’s information represents Toyota’s newest transfer within the sector. The agency began engaged on the event of fuel-cell automobiles again in 1992. In 2014, it launched the Mirai, a hydrogen gasoline cell sedan.
Alongside the Mirai, Toyota has had a hand within the growth of bigger hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles. These embrace a bus referred to as the Sora and prototypes of professional quality vehicles. In addition to gasoline cells, Toyota is taking a look at utilizing hydrogen in inside combustion engines.
Whereas the enterprise is understood for its hybrid and hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles, it’s also making an attempt to make strikes within the more and more aggressive battery-electric market, the place companies like Tesla and Volkswagen are jostling for place.
This has not been with out its challenges and in June 2022, Toyota issued a security recall for greater than 2,000 of its all-electric SUV, the bZ4X.
This picture, from 2013, reveals a row of Toyota Hilux pickup vehicles at a facility in Portugal. The unique model of the Hilux dates again to the Nineteen Sixties, and several other iterations of the automobile have been developed since.
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The corporate could also be trying to make investments billions in EV battery manufacturing, however it has additionally confused it “will proceed to make each effort to flexibly meet the wants” of consumers “in all international locations and areas by providing a number of powertrains and offering as many choices as attainable.”
The U.Okay. needs to cease the sale of latest diesel and gasoline vehicles and vans by 2030. It’s going to require, from 2035, all new vehicles and vans to have zero-tailpipe emissions. The European Union — which the U.Okay. left on Jan. 31, 2020 — is pursuing related targets.