Toyota UK announced the prototype “Hilux H2” based on the new “Hilux” on December 2, 2022 (local time).
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About the new Hilux H2
Toyota has announced the development of a new Hilux prototype featuring a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain sourced from the second generation MIRAI. Toyota’s first FCEV pickup will be manufactured in the UK in 2023 by a consortium of technology engineering partners using funding from the UK government. The project is part of the Advanced Propulsion Center (APC), a government-led initiative for the development of zero-emission vehicles in the UK. The £11.3m ($13.86) funding will go toward late-stage R&D, moving the product from the ‘proof of concept’ stage to the ‘prototype’ stage.
Based on the Hilux, the team has removed the diesel engine and drivetrain and replaced it with a cleaner set-up. Toyota’s second-generation FCEV system, which includes a fuel cell, electric motor and hydrogen tank, is supplied by MIRAI and transforms the Hilux into a zero-emission pickup.
About the new MIRAI 2nd generation FCEV system
Toyota has not announced the specifications of the Hilux H2, but the MIRAI powertrain produces a maximum output of 134 kW (182 ps) / 6,940 rpm and a maximum torque of 300 Nm / (30.6 kgm) / 0 to 3,267 rpm. Only comes out. , his 2.8 L 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine in a regular Hilux produces 150 kW (204 ps) of peak power and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of peak torque. The Hilux H2’s range with his three hydrogen tanks is likely to be lower than the MIRAI’s around 750km-850km due to much worse aerodynamics and increased pickup weight.
Possibilities of the new Hilux H2
The next generation of the popular pickup could bring some kind of electrification into the mix, albeit an FCEV model. Due to the limitations of the hydrogen refueling network, mass production is unlikely. Still, a working prototype of the Hilux H2 sounds pretty cool and could prove useful in the future. Most importantly, the project will enable those involved to develop his expertise in FCEV technology and vehicle modifications. There is also the possibility that FCEVs will be installed in other base vehicles in the future.
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