Fuel Cell Electric Truck for North America
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on September 9, there is a 70% chance that temperatures will rise by 1.5 ° C for more than a month during the five years from 2020 to 2024 compared to before the Industrial Revolution. (* 1) There is no sign that global warming will stop in this way, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide is an urgent issue for humankind. In response to this situation, the state of California, USA, has already announced a policy to change all trucks running in the state to zero emission (ZEV), exhaust gas-free vehicles by 2045. EU member states and the European Parliament have also agreed on regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from heavy vehicles such as trucks by 30% by 2030. In other words, there is an increasing need for clean heavy-duty trucks that do not emit carbon dioxide.
In response to such rising demand, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Hino Trucks have agreed to jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for the North American market. The companies will leverage the newly developed Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota’s proven fuel cell technology to deliver exceptional capability without harmful emissions. This collaboration expands upon the existing effort to develop a 25-ton FCET for the Japanese market which was announced earlier this year. The initial demonstration vehicle is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021.