Toyota Introduces Hydrogen-Powered HiLux Concept in Thailand

By February 20, 2024 2   min read  (317 words)

February 20, 2024 |

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Toyota has taken the wraps off a cutting-edge HiLux concept in Thailand, showcasing a dual-cab pickup truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells, alongside the development of extra-cab prototypes for a limited UK trial.

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The concept, which was revealed by the Thai publication Headlight Mag, utilizes hydrogen fuel-cell components from Toyota’s Mirai sedan, indicating Toyota’s ongoing commitment to zero-emission technologies. While its mass production status remains uncertain, there are plans to manufacture a small batch for testing purposes in Thailand, following the UK’s lead.

This hydrogen-fueled HiLux is based on the diesel variant’s 2024 update but distinguishes itself with a body-coloured grille, distinctive ‘FCEV’ decals, and blue accents on its wheels and mirrors, hinting at its environmentally friendly powertrain.

The interior largely mirrors the conventional HiLux design, with notable exceptions being the ‘FCEV’ branding on the dashboard and gear selector—a component it shares with the Mirai. An innovative feature not found in the current HiLux lineup is the automatic electric handbrake, integrated into the hydrogen concept’s gear shifter.

Toyota’s strategy for the HiLux FCEV concept, as revealed in presentation slides, targets the commercial sector’s long-range logistics, suggesting a focus on sustainability without compromising utility. The vehicle incorporates Mirai’s fuel-cell technology, with three hydrogen tanks providing a remarkable driving range of up to 600 kilometers on a single fill.

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The powertrain consists of a hydrogen fuel-cell stack under the hood, converting hydrogen into electricity to power an electric motor located at the rear axle. While it shares technology with the Mirai, the exact power output for the HiLux concept remains unspecified.

Despite its innovative power source, the HiLux FCEV’s towing capacity is noted at 1500kg—a decrease from the diesel-powered HiLux 2.8-litre automatic’s 3500kg capacity, reflecting the current technological trade-offs in the pursuit of zero emissions.

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