Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have agreed to jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, and to proceed with initiatives toward its practical use through verification tests and other means.
Toyota and Hino are determined to take proactive action toward resolving global environmental issues as one of the most important corporate tasks. The two companies have declared ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050 and are developing electric vehicle technologies for widespread use in society.
In order to achieve further reductions in CO2 emissions, major improvements will be required in the environmental performance of heavy-duty trucks, which account for about 60 percent of the total CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles in Japan 2.
For the electrification of commercial vehicles, the optimum powertrain must be adopted to ensure both outstanding environmental performance and just-right practicality as a business vehicle in terms of cruising range, load capacity, and other aspects depending on the usage.
Heavy-duty trucks are typically used for highway transportation; therefore, they are required to have sufficient cruising range and load capacity as well as fast refueling capability. For this reason, fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen with its higher energy density are considered effective.
The heavy-duty fuel cell truck in this joint development project is based on Hino Profia, and is being developed taking maximum advantage of the technologies both Toyota and Hino have cultivated over the years. The chassis is specially designed with the optimum packaging for a fuel cell vehicle, and steps are being taken through comprehensive weight reduction to ensure a sufficient load capacity.
The powertrain is equipped with two Toyota fuel cell stacks that have been newly developed for Toyota’s next Mirai and includes vehicle driving control that applies heavy-duty hybrid vehicle technologies, developed by Hino. Also, cruising range will be set at approximately 600 km, aiming to meet high standards in both environmental performance and practicality as a commercial vehicle.
Toyota and Hino have positioned hydrogen as an important energy source for the future and have worked together on developing technologies and spreading and innovating fuel cell vehicles for over fifteen years since their joint demonstration trials of the fuel cell bus in 2003. Going forward, Toyota and Hino will further strengthen its partnership and accelerate efforts toward the realization of a hydrogen society.
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMSM) has celebrated another milestone by delivering the 100,000th unit HINO truck to its existing customer, Ikhasas Resources Sdn Bhd (Ikhasas Resources).
The joyous occasion was marked by an official handover ceremony during the Hino Chinese New Year Open House held at HMSM Headquarter in Petaling Jaya.
Leveraging its empire for more than 40 years here in Malaysia, and marked the 100,000 units of product sales in Malaysia, Hino proves its trusted product and stability in the Malaysian market as well as proving the products aligned to Customer’s satisfaction and trust and confidence.
“Since our establishment in Malaysia in 1977, HMSM has grown and reached the accumulated sales of 100,000 units. We are motivated to know that we have stood as part of the logistics and distribution industry in Malaysia to delivering the goods with our passion ‘Transporting Every Happiness’. Thank you to all our esteemed customers for the continuous support and trust with the HINO Brand,” said Managing Director of HMSM, Atsushi Uchiyama.
Taking the opportunity of the 100,000th vehicle sales celebration, Atsushi Uchiyama presented an appreciation reward to Dato’ Roslan Zainal, the Director of Ikhasas Resources, a Japan Trip plus the opportunity to visit Hino Motors Limited.
The 100,000th unit truck, HINO 500 Series- model FM2PN1D, with drive configuration 6×4, it is the ideal medium-heavy duty truck for operators. Bringing the HINO’s chassis versatility, the outstanding range of trucks continues to offer medium-duty trucks buyers a total flexibility and satisfaction.
There are 100,000 units of HINO vehicles now navigating in Malaysia and this portrays the Trust & Confidence from all Malaysian customers align with the convenience of its Sales, Services and Spare Parts centres. Endowing the immense sales record, HMSM targets to give the best support to the Customer through its Total Support activities that include the after-sales components, Services, and Spare Parts.
“This achievement was brought not a single-handed with our Company’s high QDR: Quality, Durability, and Reliability products but also by our Total Support values. Total Support is Hino’s unique concept. We take good care of our customers and their businesses, striving to meet their business requirements and help them to achieve their success. We keep ‘Maximise Vehicle Uptime and Minimise Vehicle Lifetime Cost’ as our fundamental and continue to build a business relationship to become our Customer’s true partner,” added Atsushi Uchiyama in his speech.
Likewise the previous year, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data by brand and HMSM ranked the No.1 Position in the Overall Truck and bolted 37.0% market share in Malaysia. In the bus segment, HMSM clenching more than half of the market share in Malaysia with 61.9%. Throughout the year 2019, HMSM has successfully achieved sales of 5, 520 units sold with the market share 38.1% and entitled as No. 1 position in Overall Truck and Bus.
On top of accelerating its momentum in developing high-quality products as well as monitoring the statistics of product sales, Hino also believes in providing support, anticipating potential needs of the customer, and offering solutions that reflect customers’ voices.
The establishment of Hino Total Support Customer Center (HTSCC) in Sendayan is one of the catalysts for customers and those in the region to improve in terms of cost, range and quality of services in their business, and also the acknowledgment of road safety.
In Malaysia, HTSCC has entitled as the only training center for commercial vehicle industry and the first Hino training center that is built outside its home country as Hino sees Malaysia has the potential in developing incessant support to commercial vehicle industry. As we generally known, the land route and ground transportation is the main distribution mechanism to most of the logistics commerce in Malaysia.
Operating since 2015, HTSCC is constantly updating its programs and increasing the list of training courses according to the industry needs. At HTSCC, customers and drivers have the opportunity to undergo training programs that are emphasized on safety driving skills, safety and eco-cien driving, driver familiarisation and so forth. All these curricular and practical trainings are aimed to minimize life-time cost by increasing up-timed and decreasing operational cost.
Heading to 2019, Hino is able to reach its goal in after-sales values and bringing up the awareness on safer roads involving commercial vehicles, as the training center had received a fortuitous number of trainees that undergo the training program throughout the year 2018. Since its establishment, HTSCC has received continuous support and encouraging responses regularly from the logistics industry, nationwide.
HTSCC is deemed in giving constant exposure on the importance of safety driving skills and the right techniques on vehicle operation, which ultimately will bring understanding on fuel-saving consumption and expertise to reduce the risk of an accident to occur.
“When road accidents happen, apart from the tragic loss of lives, not many people are aware of the cost to businesses. These costs can be in the form of repairing the said vehicle, the insurance paid out to the affected families, the domino effect and disruption to business flow when traffic came to a halt and most importantly the reputation cost to the said company or brand and the country in general,” said Ken Iwamoto, the Managing Director of Hino Motor Sales Malaysia.
In long-term achievement, Hino believes, Malaysia will be one of the developed countries with minimal road hazard cases and injuries on the nation’s highways.
Hino Malaysia yesterday handed over a new Hino XZU720L1 mini bus to The Community Chest (TCC), a charitable NGO which then donated the bus to SJK (T) Kangar at a handover ceremony held at Hino Malaysia headquarters in Petaling Jaya.
The bus, which was purchased by TCC from Hino Malaysia at a special price, was donated to the school in Kangar to facilitate the pupils’ extra-curricular activities which usually involve a large number of participants, and also as a daily mode of transportation for the students.
It is said that this is also an effort to improve the students’ attendance and provide them with a safer way to travel to school and back.
“For the past eight years, TCC has contributed and been involved in numerous projects to upgrade many schools in Malaysia. This bus sponsorship program is TCC’s first initiative in the area of movable asset contribution to a school, and we are glad to have formed a smart partnership with Hino Motors Sales Malaysia in providing this 25-seater school bus benefiting the only Tamil school in Perlis,” said Mr.Tan Kong Han, TCC’s administrator.
The XZU720L1 bus, which is also known as the Hino Mini Bus, is powered by a 156 PS engine which is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The bus is equipped with ABS. EBD, tubeless tyres, Energy-Absorbing Steering Wheel, and a speed limiter set a 100km/h.
The bus was officially handed over by the Managing Director of HMSM, Mr.Ken Iwamoto, to Mr.Sreetharan Selwaraju, the chairman of PIBG SJK (T) Kangar.
Hitachi Transport System (M) Sdn. Bhd(Hitachi TS) recently took delivery of 10 units of Hino 300 Series range of light-duty truck and 10 units of 500 Series range of medium-duty truck at their newly opened cold warehouse, with attendance from both companies’ management teams.
Congratulations to Hitachi TS on their cold warehouse Grand Opening Ceremony in Nilai & to their new fleet purchase of HINO trucks! As we continue strive to provide our Hino Total Support, we are excited to associate with Hitachi TS and will assist in their business needs continuously.
The vehicles were purchased from Soon Seng Truck & Parts Sdn. Bhd. (Song Seng), one of the reputable authorized HINO dealers in the southern region. Hitachi TS is impressed by HINO’s commitment as a principal in supporting Song Seng.
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMSM) is committed to provide Hitachi TS with comprehensive training to their drivers. The wide service network provided by HMSM impressed Hitachi TS, with its extensive network of 110 authorised outlets provides Sales, Service & Spare Parts to customers. Excellent after-sales service has always been one of HMSM’s strength since its inception in Malaysia since 1977.
Hitachi TS was incorporated in 1988 and currently has an operating fleet of 87 units with the support of 475 dedicated employees. The 5,000m2 new cold warehouse in Nilai, which will commence operations on 1st November 2018, marks the embarkation of Hino in cold chain logistics business.
The establishment of this new facility aims to better respond to customer’s requirements in cold chain distribution. Besides providing temperature controlled warehousing and delivery service that complemented with security management system, Hitachi TS also aim to create value to customers by introducing Smart Logistics Technology into the logistics service they are providing.
The handing of a mock key of the trucks by HMSM Managing Director, Mr. Ken Iwamoto to the MD of Hitachi TS, Mr. Akihito Nii was witnessed by both management team and staffs from Hitachi TS and HMSM.
Mr. Ken Iwamoto said, HINO’s mission is not only to develop a product which is a perfect fit for each customer’s business but also “To Keep 100% Up-Time’ and ‘Minimise Vehicle Life-Time Cost’ through our strong after sales support.
Our HINO Total Support Service team will fully provide Hitachi TS with comprehensive support to ensure their daily logistic operations run smoothly, thus “Two Value” which “To Keep 100% Up-Time” and “Minimise vehicle Life-Time Cost” as our fundamentals.
With our HINO Total Support Customer Center in Sendayan, we go one step further to deliver the best support to our customers with necessary trainings and safety driving techniques to skill up their driver and ensure their trucks are looked after well.