Isuzu Motors, Hino Motors and Toyota Motor announced today that they have agreed on a new partnership in commercial vehicles. The three companies intend to combine Toyota’s CASE* technologies with the commercial vehicle foundations cultivated by Isuzu and Hino. Through this collaboration, they will try to hasten societal implementation and distribution of CASE technologies and services, and to help address various difficulties facing the transportation industry as well as help achieve a carbon-neutral society.
The three Japanese companies plan to jointly work on the development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), autonomous driving technologies, and electronic platforms centered on the domain of small commercial-purpose trucks. While working together on BEVs and FCEVs to reduce vehicle costs, the three companies plan to advance infrastructure-coordinated societal implementation, such as by introducing FCEV trucks to hydrogen-based society demonstrations in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, and accelerate their dissemination initiatives.
Also, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota plan to link their connected technology platforms to build a “platform for commercial vehicles that can help solve customers’ problems.” Through this platform, they intend to provide various logistics solutions that not only help improve commercial vehicle transport efficiencies but also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.
To promote their partnership, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota are establishing Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation, a company for planning CASE technologies and services for commercial vehicles based on discussions among its three parent companies.
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*CASE refers to new areas of “Connected” cars, “Autonomous or Automated” driving, “Shared”, and “Electric”