Japanese manufacturer partnership to take on light commercial trucks
Isuzu, Toyota, Hino, and the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation have announced they would jointly plan and develop light-duty fuel cell electric trucks for the mass market. The vehicles are to be introduced from January 2023 and used by the partners at distribution sites in Fukushima and Tokyo.
Hino Trucks opts for Allison’s fully electric power axle
Toyota’s commercial vehicle brand Hino Trucks has integrated fully electric axles by Allison Transmission into next-gen heavy-duty EVs. The Japanese manufacturer has completed testing and validation of Allison’s eGen PowerTM 100D fully electric axle in its XL series.
Toyota, Hino & Isuzu announce electric bus for 2024
The Japanese manufacturers Toyota, Hino and Isuzu want to drive forward the electrification of buses as part of their joint venture concluded last year. The partners have announced the production of a battery-electric low-floor bus for 2024. A fuel cell offshoot is also to be developed.
Ree Automotive & Hino Motors to develop utility BEV
The Israeli start-up Ree Automotive has entered into a development cooperation with Toyota’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors. The aim is to develop a new solution for mobility services for the transport of passengers and goods based on Ree’s space-saving electric vehicle platform.
Toyota drives fuel cell commercial vehicle development
Toyota continues to drive hydrogen commercial vehicle development in Japan and the US. At home, the company and its subsidiary Hino Motors have agreed with three major retail chains to test fuel cell light commercial vehicles. In California, Toyota went full-on in with near-production heavy-duty FC trucks.
Traton takes over Navistar/ Expands in North America
Traton’s expansion into the North American market now finds itself on the home stretch: The Volkswagen commercial vehicle subsidiary has just signed a binding takeover agreement with the US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2021.
Traton & Hino launch e-mobility joint venture
Traton and Hino are intensifying their cooperation in the field of electromobility. As part of their strategic partnership, the commercial vehicle subsidiaries of Volkswagen and Toyota have signed a joint venture agreement to speed up development for products with battery and FC technology.
BYD & Hino to cooperate on electric utility vehicles
BYD and Toyota’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors have signed a strategic cooperation agreement in the field of electric vehicles. The agreement initially provides for the joint development of BEV commercial vehicles and will later extend to other areas such as sales.
Toyota & Hino developing Profia fuel cell truck
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota and its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors are developing a fuel cell truck based on the Hino Profia. The vehicle will use technology that Toyota developed for the next generation Mirai.
JV for electrified trucks by Traton and Hino
Traton, formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus, and Hino have announced new details of their strategic partnership. They intend to pool their strengths when it comes to electric transport and are also planning to set up a joint venture for procurement.
Toyota & Hino Motors, TU Eindhoven, Nissan, Infineon.
Fuel cell bus hits the street: Starting tomorrow, Toyota and Hino Motors will carry out field tests with their jointly developed fuel cell bus on public routes in Tokyo. The bus is equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai. The test will also evaluate the efficacy of its external power supply system during widespread power outages caused by natural disasters.
Solar fuel for hydrogen cars? Researchers at the TU Eindhoven have developed a solar cell that not only produces power from sunlight, but can also split water into its hydrogen and oxygen components. The secret to this new solar cell are gallium phosphide nanowires. The hydrogen could be used as clean fuel for FCVs.
Will Nissan pull the plug? According to Sportscar365, Nissan will review its LMP1 programme, following a dismal finish with the GT-R LM Nismo at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans. A decision about what the future will hold could fall before the end of this week.
New Infineon MOSFETs: Infineon has launched a new family of StrongIRFET MOSFETs for DC powered circuits including battery powered circuits, brushed and BDLC motor drives. The new MOSFET could be used for light EVs and e-bikes.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the new twist in the story of French EV maker Mia Electric.
automobile-propre.com (in French)
Toyota & Hino Motors, ARPA-E, Johnson Controls & Toshiba.
Mirai-based H2 bus: Toyota and Hino Motors have built a new version of their fuel cell bus equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai. It will be tested in Toyota City starting today. The new bus comes with eight hydrogen tanks, two fuel cell stacks and two electric motors. Its NiMH battery is able to supply electric power to buildings.
125 million dollars will be invested by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to foster innovations in all areas of energy research and development, i.e. for fuel cells, electric drive systems, batteries, and power electronics.
Commonwealth e-racer: Birmingham City University announced its plan to develop an electric race car for the Formula 1 together with three Indian universities. The agreement is to be signed today.
Supplier cooperation: Together, Johnson Controls and Toshiba have developed a new Li-Ion battery for start-stop applications to debut in a 2018 model production vehicle in Europe. The new battery will be showcased at the NAIAS in Detroit next week.
autonews.com, jsonline.com, greencarcongress.com
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the report from Kevin Bullis revealing how Tesla manages to boost its Roadster’s range by 50 percent
California, Hino Trucks, GreenWay, One Tonne Life.
Update on investments: The California Energy Commission has published its “2014‐2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.” 20 million dollars are reserved for H2 stations, another 15m for EV charging infrastructure and 5m for buying incentives.
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov (the plan)
Low carbon commercial fleet: Two of Hino Trucks’s diesel electric cab-over trucks have been selected for the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP). The programme offers 19 million dollars in incentives to lower the emissions of medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in New York.
Slovakian quick charging network: GreenWay, known for its battery swapping in Bratislava (we reported), set up 15 CHAdeMO sites throughout Slovakia. The DC stations allow for west-to-east cross-country journeys and access will be given to GreenWay customers as part of their Easy Electric lease agreement.
Carbon reduction for real-real: In 2011, Volvo, A-hus and Vattenfall concluded the ‘One Tonne Life’ project in which a family was able to reduce its carbon emissions by 80%. Now, another family, the Jogensjös, has moved into the efficient house to live the low-carb lifestyle. The electric Volvo C30 has been replaced by a Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.
onetonnelife.com (with video)
Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.
Hybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)
Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.