Toyota-Led UK Consortium Wins Hydrogen Government Funding

A Toyota-led consortium has won UK government funding to accelerate its development of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of its Hilux pick-up.

Funding for the project based at the automaker’s vehicle plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, has been approved through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), an organization supporting the development of cleaner technologies and new mobility concepts. It is hoped the project will bring zero emission technology to the commercial vehicle market reflecting Toyota’s 360-degree approach to sustainable mobility across all sectors. The APC funding will enable Toyota’s UK operation to develop hydrogen technologies for this specific vehicle market segment during the next three years.

The consortium will receive funding to cover the development of a hydrogen fuel cell electric Hilux, working in collaboration with UK technical engineering partners Ricardo, ETL, D2H and Thatcham Research. The project will make use of components from Toyota’s second-generation fuel cell system, as featured in the latest Toyota Mirai saloon.

Initial prototype Hilux vehicles will be produced at Burnaston during 2023 and, once successful performance results have been secured, the intention is to prepare the vehicle for small series production. Matt Harrison, Toyota Motor Europe president and CEO, said: “The UK is one of the key markets for pick-up trucks and an important market for Toyota. This funding represents a tremendous opportunity to develop a zero-emission solution in a critical market segment.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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