Hino sup­ports fuel cell cars

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Hino Aus­tralia has col­lab­o­rated with Toy­ota Aus­tralia to pro­duce Aus­tralia’s first mo­bile hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion used as a sup­port ve­hi­cle for three Toy­ota Mi­rai fuel-cell sedans.

The Hino 700 Se­ries SS2848HR ProShift safely trans­ports an in­no­va­tive mo­bile hy­dro­gen fu­elling so­lu­tion that is a tem­po­rary mea­sure to cover the cur­rent lack of hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling in­fra­struc­ture in Aus­tralia.

Bernie O’Con­nor, Toy­ota Aus­tralia’s fuel-cell project spon­sor and se­nior ex­ec­u­tive ad­viser to the board, has praised the in­volve­ment Hino has had in the Mi­rai demon­stra­tion project.

“It is the first high-pres­sure hy­dro­gen re­fu­eller in Aus­tralia that can com­pletely fill a fuel-cell ve­hi­cle. This is a prac­ti­cal and nec­es­sary mea­sure to en­able peo­ple around Aus­tralia to learn about and ex­pe­ri­ence the game-chang­ing Mi­rai and its ground­break­ing technology first-hand,” Mr O’Con­nor said.

Hino Aus­tralia’s prod­uct and mar­ket­ing depart­ment pro­vided re­sources to de­sign and co­or­di­nate the pro­duc­tion of the hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion.

Hino Aus­tralia prod­uct strat­egy man­ager Daniel Petro­vski said sup­port­ing the Toy­ota Mi­rai is in line with the com­pany’s for­ward vi­sion.

“Closely fol­low­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of our Hino Hy­brid truck, Hino Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in other clean-en­ergy ini­tia­tives backs our com­mit­ment to work to­wards a more sus­tain­able trans­port in­dus­try,” Petro­vski said.

“In Ja­pan, Hino is pro­to­typ­ing fuel-cell bus technology closely re­lated to the hy­dro­gen fuel-cell sys­tems in the Toy­ota Mi­rai sedan. We’re proud to be able to part­ner with Toy­ota to sup­port the fu­el­cell vi­sion in Aus­tralia.”

The Hino 700 Se­ries SS2848HR ProShift fea­tures a pur­pose-built trailer with a gen­er­a­tor and a hy­dro­gen com­pres­sor able to cool and pres­surise hy­dro­gen to 70MPa (700bar) be­fore be­ing supplied to the Mi­rai sedan. (Hy­dro­gen can also be pro­vided at lower pres­sures to suit other ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing fork­lifts.)

En­sur­ing the safety of op­er­a­tors and fel­low road-users, the Hino 700 Se­ries has been spec­i­fied for dan­ger­ous goods trans­port and fea­tures a ver­ti­cal ex­haust, flame-proofed wiring and other safety mea­sures.

Cur­rently de­signed to trans­port the hy­dro­gen re­fu­eller and a Mi­rai sedan, the Hino 700 Se­ries will have the ca­pac­ity to be re­con­fig­ured to trans­port up to 10 tonnes of hy­dro­gen and ni­tro­gen gas bot­tles.

The trailer was de­signed by Hino Aus­tralia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion Aus­tralia and Max­iTRANS, and was fab­ri­cated in Vic­to­ria by Max­iTRANS at its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity.

The trailer’s cur­tains were de­signed by Toy­ota’s Prod­uct Devel­op­ment team in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hino Aus­tralia’s mar­ket­ing team and man­u­fac­tured by Fleet­mark, with ad­di­tional vinyl wrap­ping com­pleted by Street Im­pact.

The Toy­ota Mi­rai is the world’s first mass-pro­duced fuel-cell sedan. It is cur­rently avail­able in Ja­pan, the United States and Europe in ar­eas sup­ported by re­fu­elling in­fra­struc­ture.

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