A Toyota logo is displayed on a car in Poland The Japanese automotive giant started working on fuel cell vehicle development in 1992.
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London – A consortium led by the automotive giant the toyota The UK will receive millions in funding to develop a hydrogen fuel cell pickup truck
In a statement on Friday, Toyota said the fuel cell-powered prototype of its Hilux pickup will be built at its plant in Burnaston, England’s East Midlands.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK is leading the consortium, which is backed by £5.7 million (about $7 million) of industry funding and £5.6 million from the UK government. Thatcham Research, D2H, ETL and Ricardo are also involved in the project.
Although the initiative is being managed by TMUK, Toyota says “technical support” will come from Toyota Motor Europe R&D.
“Within the scope of the funding bid, initial prototype Hilux vehicles will be produced at Burnaston by 2023,” it added. “Once successful performance results are secured, the objective is to prepare the vehicle for small series production.”
An aerial view of Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Barnston, England. The Japanese automotive giant started working on fuel cell vehicle development in 1992.
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The original version of the Hilux dates back to the 1960s, and several iterations of the car have been built since then. The UK government said a fuel cell Hilux would be “ideal for use in isolated settings where electric vehicle charging is impractical.”
Friday’s news represents Toyota’s latest move in the sector. The firm began working on fuel-cell vehicle development in 1992. In 2014, it launched the Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell sedan.
Alongside the Mirai, Toyota has a hand in developing larger hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. These include a bus called the Sora and prototype heavy-duty trucks. In addition to fuel cells, Toyota is looking at using hydrogen in internal combustion engines.
While the business is known for its hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it is also trying to make inroads into the increasingly competitive battery-electric market, where companies like Tesla And Volkswagen jockeying for position.
It was not without its challenges, and in June 2022, Toyota issued a safety recall for more than 2,000 of its all-electric SUV, the bZ4X.
This photo, from 2013, shows a row of Toyota Hilux pickup trucks at a facility in Portugal. The original version of the Hilux dates back to the 1960s, and several iterations of the car have been built since then.
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The company may be looking to invest billions in EV battery production, but it also stressed that it will make every effort to “flexibly meet customer needs” by offering multiple powertrains “in all countries and regions” and providing as many options as possible. possible.”
The UK wants to stop selling new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030. It will require all new cars and vans to have zero-tailpipe emissions from 2035. The European Union – which the UK left on January 31, 2020 – is pursuing similar goals.