By using technology, the new version of the Mirai and combining it with the expertise of Hino, a Japanese truck manufacturer, Toyota wishes to offer clean vehicles for carriers.
The new version of the Toyota Mirai wagon is equipped with a fuel cell capable of giving it great autonomy and rapid recharging.
Hino and Toyota collaborate to develop clean truck
Hino, a heavyweight subsidiary of the Toyota group, is working on a fuel cell version of its Profia truck, a 26-ton carrier. By reusing the system developed for the new Mirai, whose release is scheduled for the end of 2020, Toyota and Hino wish to offer a truly efficient solution for transport needs.
Toyota already has solid experience in the truck fuel cell following its project to modify 10 American Kenworth tractor units. The main objective of these trucks is to serve the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A project with a budget of $ 82 million.
With such use, Kenworth semi-trailers do not require a long range, as they travel short distances with a nearby charging station. Their range can reach 480 km, but their range is limited to less than 100 km.
600 km of autonomy, but what about the charging stations?
To succeed in their bet, Toyota and Hino decided to combine two fuel cells from the new Mirai to reach a range of nearly 600 km on the Hino Profia truck thus modified. However, the Toyota group has not yet communicated more information on the specifics of its fuel cell.
Hino replaces the traditional diesel engine and its truck transmission with a powertrain designed to work with fuel cells. Hino will also provide electronic battery management based on its experience on its own hybrid trucks.
Toyota relies on the fuel cell which seems to it more interesting for this type of vehicle unlike the 100% electric technology requiring heavy batteries to offer correct autonomy to a heavy vehicle. And even if the charging infrastructure is more complex to set up than a charging station for an electric vehicle, this type of vehicle is used on routes planned in advance allowing better management of the tank.
Other manufacturers are also working on the fuel cell such as Cummins and Hyundai, for the moment still in the prototype stage.
Source: Green Car Reports.