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Toyota gets funding boost for developing Hilux powered by Hydrogen in the UK

Although hydrogen cars are uncommon, they are still regarded as a viable alternative towards a zero-emission transportation future, particularly in areas where electric infrastructure is inadequate. In line with this, Toyota has received funding from the UK government to develop the country’s first hydrogen-powered pickup truck.

Toyota has announced that it will lead a consortium to develop the hydrogen-powered Hilux truck at its Burnaston, Derbyshire, plant. The UK government will contribute more than £11 million to the project through the Coventry-based Advanced Propulsion Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes the development of cleaner transportation technology.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is investing £5.6 million in the Burnaston-based research scheme, with an additional £5.7 million coming from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), an industry body that supports work to decarbonize transportation.

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According to the government, the agreement could result in the creation of up to 250 jobs across the UK.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles generate electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. The technology consists of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell which is mated to a lithium ion battery. The generated electricity is sent to the battery and later to the motors propelling the wheels.

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So far, UK customers have only two hydrogen car options: one from Hyundai and one from Toyota – the Mirai, the latter has 180hp and 400 miles of range.

Dennis Mathu
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