As part of a project in England, Toyota has integrated the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell into their Hilux pick-ups. These vehicles boast a range of 600 km.
It all started with a feasibility study launched by the manufacturer’s UK subsidiary and Toyota Europe headquarters. The project was then selected by the *APC, an organisation that promotes the development of zero-emission vehicles in the UK. And the Japanese carmaker was able to benefit from funding (£11 million, around $13.8 million). This hydrogen pick-up was developed by a consortium made up of the engineering company Ricardo, ETL, D2H and the Thatcham Institute.
As planned, prototypes of the Hilux H2 were assembled from June onwards at the Burnaston site (Derbyshire). This is where the Corolla for the UK market is produced. A total of 10 copies will be on the roads by the end of the year. Ricardo is due to evaluate the vehicle, which will enable Toyota to make a decision on whether or not to market it. The model could be launched in the second half of the decade.
*APC: Advanced Propulsion Centre
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King