Hino Motors will highlight its new FlatFormer concept vehicle and Profia Hybrid (700 Series in Australia) heavy-duty truck at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, which takes place in Koto-ku, Tokyo, from 24 October through 4 November. The company will also have several other vehicles on display at the event, including a Hino 500 Series racing truck that competed in the Dakar Rally race at the beginning of the year and an EDSS (Emergency Driving Stop System) simulator demonstrating a new technology that can automatically move a vehicle to the side of the road in the event of a safety issue.
Hino FlatFormer Concept Vehicle
“The FlatFormer offers a new level of operational flexibility and can be fitted with a myriad of cab and body configurations to suit the customer’s transportation and mobility requirements,” says Daniel Petrovski, manager of product strategy for Hino Australia. “The FlatFormer is a modular electric vehicle platform that measures 4.7 metres (15.4 feet) long, 1.7 metres (5.6 feet) wide, and has a platform height of only 335 millimetres (13.2 inches), with an electric motor output of 170 kilowatts (228 horsepower) delivered through its six wheel end motors, which are fed energy from the 50-kWh lithium-ion batteries.”
Hino Profia (700 Series) Hybrid
A production model of the Hino Profia Hybrid will also be on display at the show. The heavy-duty truck officially launched in Japan back in August and features artificial intelligence that can adjust the driveline to take into account the route, truck load, availability of hybrid energy, and other factors to “determine the driving requirements up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) away,” Hino explains.
The truck features an 8.9-litre A09C diesel engine coupled with an electric motor and a 12-speed automated manual transmission. It also has a gross vehicle weight of 24,912 kilograms (54,921.6 pounds), a total vehicle weight of 12,800 kilograms (28,219 pounds), and a two-person seating capacity.
“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,” Petrovski says.