|The Dutro hybrid.|
Nikkei. Hino Motors, the Toyota subsidiary focused on commercial vehicles, will introduce its diesel-electric Dutro Hybrid truck in Australia this month as part of its broader effort to increase overseas sales based on the global trend for tighter emission standards.
Hino’s move would mark the first hybrid offering from a Japanese truck maker outside of their home market. Despite the higher price, Hino sees adequate demand for fuel-efficient trucks as tougher emission rules become the norm worldwide.
|Hino Hybrid System|
Hino introduced the Dutro Hybrid in November 2003, and released a new model last year. The hybrid now combines a 4.0-liter 100 kW (134 hp) diesel engine that develops 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque with a 36 kW, 350 Nm electric motor and a 288V NiMH battery pack. (The earlier Dutro Hybrid featured a larger engine and smaller motor. Earlier post.)
Hino expects the new Dutro Hybrid to offer fuel consumption of about 10 liters/100 km, or 23.5 mpg US.
A local shipping firm in Australia has already decided to replace its truck fleet with the Dutro Hybrid, which offers loading capacities of 2-4 tons. Hino aims to sell about 100 units in Australia in the first year. Hino sold about 1,000 units of the Dutro Hybrid in Japan last year.