Yamato, Toyota and Hino start trials of small electric truck in Yamato delivery operations
Yamato,Toyota and Hino will begin trials using a small electric truck (EV Truck) in Yamato delivery operations. Developed by Hino, the EV Truck is a one-ton, ultra-low bed truck featuring a cargo space equipped with compartments for keeping delivery goods refrigerated or frozen. The truck was created in line with specifications developed jointly by Yamato, TMC, and Hino to provide Cool TA-Q-BIN, one of Yamato’s unique delivery services for goods at low or freezing temperatures. The EV Truck, including its refrigerator/freezer, is powered entirely by battery, meaning it generates no emissions during operation and is extremely quiet, making it ideal for delivery services in residential neighborhoods late at night and early in the morning.
The trials are scheduled to be conducted for about one year. The three partners will verify the suitability and practicality of using the EV Trucks in delivery operations, and the results will be used to make improvements for the commercial launch of electric trucks. In light of current battery performance, Toyota and Hino believe that it is possible to offer practical commercial electric vehicles for lightweight and short-distance applications. After determining that Yamato’s initiatives for raising operating efficiency were in agreement with Toyota’s and Hino’s approaches to electric commercial vehicles, the three companies agreed to cooperate by conducting the trials.