Toyota has begun development of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell version of its iconic Hilux pick-up.
Having successfully applied for zero-emissions vehicle development funding last year from the UK Government, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. (TMUK) will lead a consortium of highly skilled UK-based technical engineering partners.
The project’s aim is to adopt second generation Toyota fuel cell components (as used in the latest Toyota Mirai) for the transformation of a Hilux into a fuel cell electric vehicle.
The initial prototype Hilux vehicles will be produced at the TMUK site in Burnaston throughout 2023.
While Toyota in the UK is leading the project, a team from Toyota Motor Europe research and development will provide expert technical support to enable the UK-based teams to build its own expertise and self-sufficiency to develop next generation hydrogen drivetrain capabilities.