HILUX 2030?

Not really. This is a moon rover that Toyota is developing together with the JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY (JAXA)

HILUX 2030?

For humans to explore the surface of both the moon and Mars, they will need to be mobile … but given the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, you need a really efficient mobility solution. It’s a solution that Toyota is working on in collaboration with JAXA, together developing a manned, pressurised rover2 that will use the fuel cell electric vehicle technologies Toyota has developed.
The world was given a first look at the planned vehicle at a symposium held recently in Tokyo where JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata and Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi discussed their joint plans for a manned, pressurised rover they have been working on since May 2018. JAXA envisions human lunar exploration will take place in the 2030s and the agency is looking at launching such a rover into space in 2029. Toyota’s fuel cell technology – with its clean power- generation methods, high energy density, and emitting only water – makes it ideally suited for the project.

The initiative also has more immediate benefits for Toyota, as pointed out by Terashi: “Toyota believes that achieving a sustainable mobility society on Earth will involve the co- existence and widespread use of electrified vehicles, such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles. For electrification, fuel cell batteries represent an indispensable technology. Our joint studies with JAXA are a part of this effort. Being allowed to be a member of ‘Team Japan’, we would like to take up the challenge of space.”


A vehicle that has an enclosed, pressurised body, equipped with functions and space that will allow astronauts to live in it for fixed periods without wearing spacesuits. The astronauts will also need to be able to get in and out of the vehicle while wearing spacesuits. The vehicle must be able to drive on the surface of a moon or planet by way of astronaut operation, remote operation or autonomous driving.


Length 6.0m
Width 5.2m
Height 3.8m(about the size of two mini buses)
Living space 13m3
Occupants Capable of accommodating two people (four in an emergency).
Range A lunar surface cruising range of more than 10 000km.