Hino is set to give an all new modular electric vehicle platform its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this week which the comkpany says will give an exciting glimpse into the future.
The Hino stand will also feature a new hybrid version of its heavy duty 700 Series.
The Hino stand has the theme ‘Transporting Every Happiness’, and will be headlined by the Hino FlatFormer concept vehicle, which the company says will change the concept of mobility forever.
“The FlatFormer is a modular electric vehicle platform that measures 4.7m long, 1.7m wide and has a platform height of just 335 mm, with a 170kw electric motor output delivering its power through six wheel end motors which are powered from the 50kWh lithium ion batteries,” said Daniel Petrovski, manager of product strategy for Hino Australia.
“The FlatFormer offers a new level operational flexibility and can be fitted with a myriad of cab and body configurations to suit the customer’s transportation and mobility requirements,” said Petrovski
The other important vehicle on display is a production version of the heavy duty Hino Profia Hybrid or 700 Series as it is known in Australia, which was launched onto the Japanese domestic market in int hje past two months.
The heavy duty Hino Hybrid is equipped with what the compay claims is a world first Artificial Intelligence (AI) system which implements optimal hybrid driveline control dependent on a number of varying factors such as drive route, vehicle load, hybrid energy availability, and uses these factors to determine the driving requirements up to 100 kilometres away.
This helps reduce the environmental footprint while minimising power consumption and maximising fuel economy.
The Hino Profia Hybrid uses the A09C diesel engine in parallel with an electric motor, which are both mated to a 12 speed automated manual transmission.
“The launch of the Hino Profia Hybrid in the Japanese market is a very exciting development for Hino globally – we are working with Hino Japan to determine suitability for this product and many other products for the Australian market,” said Petrovski.
Hino will also showcase its racing heritage and prowess with its 500 Series Dakar Rally truck that competed in the 2019 event, which also marked Hino’s tenth consecutive victory in the Under 10 litre class.
Key specifications of the 2019 Dakar Rally Hino truck include full-time 4WD and an A09 9.9 litre direct injection turbocharged and intercooled engine, matched to a six speed manual transmission.
More information about Hino at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show including further product specifications can be found here