Truck manufacturer helps fuel-cell cars hit the clean-energy road in Australia
Hino Australia has created a unique mobile hydrogen fuel-cell refuelling truck
Hino Australia has collaborated with its Toyota operation to produce the country’s first mobile hydrogen refuelling station used as a support vehicle for three Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedans.
The Hino 700 Series SS2848HR ProShift is a temporary solution to the lack of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Australia.
Bernie O’Connor, Toyota Australia’s fuel-cell project sponsor and senior executive adviser to the board, praised Hino’s involvement 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," O’Connor says.
Hino’s product and marketing department provided resources to design and co-ordinate the production of the hydrogen refuelling station.
Its product strategy manager, Daniel Petrovski, says supporting the Mirai is in line with the company’s 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 says.
"In Japan, Hino is prototyping fuel-cell bus technology closely related to the hydrogen fuel-cell systems in the Toyota Mirai sedan," he says.
"We’re proud to be able to partner with Toyota to support the fuel-cell vision in Australia."
The Hino truck 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.
However, the technology not only serves the Mirai; hydrogen can also be provided from the mobile refuelling truck at lower pressures to suit other vehicles, including forklifts.
Ensuring the safety of operators and fellow road users, the truck has been specified for dangerous goods transport and features a vertical exhaust, flame-proof wiring and other safety measures.
Designed to transport the hydrogen refueller and a Mirai sedan, the truck has the capacity to be reconfigured to transport up to 10 tonnes of hydrogen and nitrogen gas bottles.
The trailer was designed by Hino in collaboration with Toyota and MaxiTrans, and was made in Australia.
The Mirai is the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell sedan. It is available in Japan, the US and Europe in areas supported by refuelling infrastructure.