A consortium of automobile sector providers led via Toyota has secured an £11.3 million investment spice up for a undertaking that may broaden a hydrogen-powered model of its Hilux pick-up truck.
The Division for Industry, Power and Commercial Technique (BEIS) these days (December 2) printed that it could be making an investment £5.6m within the analysis scheme, based totally on the Jap carmaker’s Burnaston production plant, with an additional £5.7m coming from the Complicated Propulsion Centre UK (APC).
Executive claims that 250 jobs might be created via the undertaking, which is able to first of all fund the advent of a pilot manufacturing line generating prototypes of the Hilux FC fashion in 2023.
It must, on the other hand, pave the best way for “small sequence manufacturing” of the other gasoline automobile (AFV) on the corporate’s Deeside manufacturing unit in Wales.
Previous this yr the Day by day Telegraph newspaper reported that Toyota may just stop automobile manufacturing in the United Kingdom if the Division for Shipping (DfT) made up our minds to deliver ahead the 2035 goal for phasing out hybrid-powered cars.
Lately, the OEM mentioned that its new hydrogen undertaking mirrored its “360-degree technique to sustainable mobility throughout all sectors”, including: “The APC investment will allow TMUK to broaden hydrogen applied sciences for this explicit automobile marketplace section all through the following 3 years.”
Matt Harrison, Toyota Motor Europe’s president and leader govt, mentioned: “The United Kingdom is without doubt one of the key markets for pick-up vehicles and a very powerful marketplace for Toyota.
“This investment represents an incredible alternative to broaden a zero-emission answer in a crucial marketplace section. We wish to thank the United Kingdom Executive for the investment that may allow the consortium to analyze the improvement of a gasoline mobile powertrain for the Toyota Hilux, supporting our carbon neutrality ambition.”
The undertaking will employ elements from Toyota’s second-generation gasoline mobile machine, as featured in the newest Toyota Mirai, Toyota mentioned.
Additionally a part of the consortium that may pool useful resource into the improvement of the brand new hydrogen-powered Hilux are Ricardo, ETL, D2H and Thatcham Analysis.
Miller Crockart, leader earnings officer at Thatcham Analysis mentioned: “We’re overjoyed to be participating with Toyota and Ricardo in this undertaking.
“While natural battery electrical cars are the poster kid for decarbonisation within the automobile sector, persevered analysis and the improvement of different gasoline varieties, comparable to hydrogen, additionally hang the possible to play a key section achieve UK carbon neutrality objectives.
“This undertaking is a superb instance of ways Executive and the automobile sector can deliver innovation and new expansion alternatives to the United Kingdom motor trade.”