Toyota is not alone in its pursuit of hydrogen fuel cell trucks; other automakers, including Nikola, Hyundai and Daimler Truck North America, are also working on these trucks.
Hydrogen fuel cell trucks offer many advantages over traditional diesel trucks, including zero emissions that make them suitable for urban and suburban environments. Furthermore, their longer range makes them superior alternatives to battery-electric trucks.
However, adopting hydrogen fuel cell trucks does present some obstacles: their infrastructure for refuelling remains underdeveloped, and their cost exceeds diesel fuel.
Toyota remains confident that hydrogen fuel cell trucks have a bright future despite these challenges, investing heavily in this technology and working to make hydrogen fuel cell trucks more cost-effective and accessible.
Here are the key points you need to know about Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell truck strategy:
- Toyota is working to develop a fuel cell powertrain kit that can be integrated into various truck and bus applications, including Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. At the same time, they partner together on developing Class 8 fuel cell trucks. Furthermore, they are working on developing an all-electric pickup truck.
- Toyota is making investments in hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Toyota stands to lead in the emerging hydrogen fuel cell truck market. Their track record in developing and commercializing fuel cell technology shows their commitment to making hydrogen fuel cell trucks a reality.
Here are some key trends influencing the hydrogen fuel cell truck market:
- Demand for zero-emission vehicles has skyrocketed. Hydrogen production and refuelling technologies are developing, while fleet operators continue to show greater interest.
- With government incentives growing increasingly available, Toyota is well positioned to capitalize on this market growth and help further develop this technology.