The automaker’s UK arm will make prototypes of the Toyota HiLux ute with a hydrogen fuel cell electrical (FCEV) drivetrain, and goals to put the zero tailpipe emission ute into small-scale manufacturing.

The automaker has secured £11.3 million ($20.4 million) in funding for the mission from automotive industry-led Advanced Propulsion Centre. This cash contains £5.6 million ($10.1 million) from the UK authorities.

Toyota says the primary HiLux FCEV prototypes will be built subsequent 12 months on the automaker’s plant in Burnaston, simply exterior of Derby.

After testing is efficiently accomplished, the automobile maker is aiming to put the hydrogen ute into “small sequence manufacturing”.

It’s unclear whether or not these automobiles will be obtainable on the market or lease. It’s additionally unknown how a lot they are going to price.

The majority of the work will be executed by Toyota UK, with help from Toyota Europe and a quantity technical companions, together with Ricardo and Thatcham Research.

Parts from Toyota’s second-generation fuel cell expertise stack, at the moment utilized by the Mirai, will be fitted to the hydrogen HiLux prototype.

The second-generation Mirai has three carbon-fibre reinforced-plastic hydrogen storage tanks carrying up to 141 litres or 5.6kg of hydrogen pressured to 700 bar.

This feeds right into a 330-cell strong polymer electrolyte fuel-cell stack mounted underneath the bonnet, which generates electrical energy by combining the saved hydrogen with atmospheric oxygen.

A hybrid-sized 1.2kW lithium-ion battery shops extra power made by the fuel cell, in addition to power recovered from regenerative braking.

At the again there’s an electrical motor making 134kW and 300Nm, and driving the rear wheels.

A rendering equipped by the automaker signifies Toyota is planning to an analogous format for the HiLux FCEV with the fuel stack up entrance, and a rear-mounted electrical motor.

The lithium-ion battery pack appears to be positioned in the HiLux’s tray, lowering cargo carrying capability considerably, whereas the FCEV’s three hydrogen tanks are positioned between the entrance seat and rear axle, however beneath the tray.

The diagram signifies the tanks might preclude the fitment of rear seats to the extra-cab-based prototype.

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