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Toyota Reveals British-Built Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Hilux Prototype, in Collaboration with European Thermodynamics Limited and Industry Leaders


Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd has reached a groundbreaking milestone in its pursuit of zero-carbon emissions, proudly unveiling a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Hilux pickup. Spearheaded by Toyota and supported by a consortium of esteemed partners, including European Thermodynamics Ltd, Ricardo, D2H, and Thatcham Research, this project marks a significant leap forward in sustainable automotive technology.

European Thermodynamics Limited a renowned name in thermal management solutions, stands as a key consortium member, contributing its expertise in thermal management development and support to the initiative. This collaboration is poised to play an important role in the support of the advancement of zero-emission transportation solutions.

The collaborative effort of this consortium brings forth a pioneering project that aims to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of the iconic Toyota Hilux. The UK-based project yields a prototype electric Toyota Hilux pickup, equipped with an innovative hydrogen-powered fuel cell system. The partnership emphasises a commitment to driving innovation while maintaining the durability and reliability that the Hilux brand is globally recognized for.

Under the leadership of Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, and with funding from the UK Government's Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the project embodies a collective drive towards the development of zero-emission vehicles. This endeavour aligns with the broader industry trend towards sustainable transportation and showcases Toyota's dedication to shaping the future of mobility.

European Thermodynamics Ltd will contribute to the project's success through its exploration of reversible fan and multi-fan solutions. These innovations are set to enhance the thermal management efficiency of the hydrogen fuel cell system, with the potential to contribute to the overall performance and viability of the hydrogen-powered Hilux.

As the project moves forward, the collaboration between Toyota, European Thermodynamics, and the consortium partners highlights the synergy that emerges when industry leaders pool their expertise. The hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hilux prototype stands as a testament to the possibilities that arise when innovation, sustainability, and shared goals converge.

Richard Kenworthy, TMUK Managing Director, said; “The project team have accomplished an incredible job in a very short space of time, from creating the prototype build area to completion of the first vehicle. The UK government funding has enabled us not only to deliver a new vehicle in record time, but also to upskill out teams to work on hydrogen-related technologies, something we hope to build. On in the future.”

Ian Constance APC Chief Executive, commented: “The Toyota Hilux project is a fantastic example of collaborative R&D Which has designed, integrated, and delivered a hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. UK government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) anchors capability in R&D, which helps safeguard and create new jobs for the future. It embeds the next generation of net-zero vehicles and technology in the UK.”

“The project consortium has made significant progress to deliver several vehicle demonstrators developed and built in the UK. Seeing the prototype hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Hilux launch within a year of the start of the project is a clear demonstration of the capabilities and strengths of the UK automotive supply chain.”

About Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd: Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, dedicated to manufacturing automobiles and related components. With a commitment to innovation and sustainability, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd plays a vital role in advancing automotive technology.

About European Thermodynamics Limited

European Thermodynamics Limited is a renowned expert in thermal management solutions, contributing its expertise to a wide range of industries. Through innovative solutions and collaborative partnerships, European Thermodynamics continues to drive progress in the field of thermal management and sustainable technology.

European Thermodynamics investment into research and development will enable the company to take advantage of novel developments in thermoelectric, improvements in thermal energy harvesting, and the latest manufacturing methods.

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