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Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America agreed to develop a zero-emission Class 8 fuel cell electric truck for the North American market. No timetable was immediately available.

The companies announced they will leverage the newly developed Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota’s fuel cell technology. This collaboration expands upon the existing effort to develop a 25-ton FCET for the Japanese market that was announced earlier this year.

“Toyota’s 20-plus years of fuel cell technology, combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience, will create an innovative and capable product,” Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer for Toyota Research and Development, said in a release.

Headquartered in Novi, Mich., Hino has a network of over 240 dealers nationwide. It launched the XL Series of Classes 7-8 trucks in March 2018. Through August, Hino had sold 732 trucks in Class 7 and 19 in Class 8, according to WardsAuto.com, reporting on U.S. retail sales.

Hino is a Toyota Group company. — Transport Topics

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