Hino and Toyota recently announced that they are co-developing a fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This is particularly important for Japan, where Hino says heavy-duty trucks “account for about 60% of the total CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles.” The company adds that hydrogen fuel cells are ideal for heavy-duty trucks and on-highway operations because they have a “higher energy density” than current battery-electric technology, which means they can travel longer distances with larger loads.
Hino Profia Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Truck
The new fuel cell truck is based on a Hino Profia FR1AWHH. The vehicle’ powertrain consists of two Toyota fuel cell stacks (polymer electrolyte fuel cell), an AC synchronous motor, a high-pressure hydrogen tank, and a lithium-ion battery. It has a proposed range of 600 kilometers (370 miles), based on internal measurements from Hino and Toyota. The same fuel cell stack technology will power the upcoming Toyota Mirai. This new truck is the next step in the relationship between Toyota and Hino that began in 2003 when the two companies demonstrated a fuel cell-powered bus.