Tests will soon verify the feasibility of using fuel cells to reduce
CO2 emissions in big transport trucks.
Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors will support on-the-road trials of heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks (heavy-duty FCETs), starting in the first quarter of 2022. These tests will take place in Japan; they are aimed at speeding up the early commercial application of heavy-duty FCETs and contributing to the development of a sustainable society.
The heavy-duty FCETs used in highway transportation must have adequate range and load capacity; they must also be able to refuel quickly. Fuel cell systems, which are powered by high-energy-density hydrogen, are effective for the electrification of heavy-duty trucks. The heavy-duty FCETs that will be developed are expected to have a target range of approximately 600km. The objective is to meet high standards for both environmental performance and practicality as a commercial vehicle.