Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group brand, enjoyed decades of sales and operational success in Ireland and UK, has now entered zero emission technology. During a press conference at NTEA Work Truck Week, Hino Trucks announced an expansion of its product range to include electric vehicles and will offer an electric version of their M- and L- Series medium duty trucks branded Me Series and Le Series available in 2024. Hino Trucks will begin production of these new vehicles integrating SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system.
The Hino Class 5 M5e cab over and Class 6 L6e conventional models made their debut during the show, and come equipped with battery capacities of 138kwH and 220kwH respectively. “Starting in 2024, Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) mandates are starting to kick off in California which are growing the demand for electric vehicles (EV), and many of our customers want to add EV’s to evaluate operational capabilities. Over the past several years, we have made significant strides in the push toward electrification. This strategic collaboration with SEA Electric is part of our plan to provide powertrain options to meet the needs for our customers and markets throughout the United States,” said Glenn Ellis, President of Hino Trucks.
Hino Trucks’ national dealer network is well prepared for the coming changes. Each dealer is already high-voltage trained from Hino’s previous hybrid product and are capable to service electric vehicles safely and efficiently. To further compliment the EV transition, Hino Trucks is building infrastructure to support these trucks with Hino INCLUSEV, a premier portfolio of end-to-end electric vehicle enablement – exclusively available through Hino’s nationwide dealer network. This is a customer centric, dealer unified end-to-end EV enablement solution that includes consulting, sales, infrastructure, single-source financing, support and service.
“Hino Trucks is committed to delivering vehicles that provide our customers a sustainable option,” said John Donato, Sr Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “With the support of Hino Edge telematics metrics and driver behaviors, we developed our strategy and best fit for our initial EV vocational offerings to include delivery and final mile applications. We’ve got the vehicles. We’ve got the support. We’ve got all the tools needed to help our current and future customers move closer to a cleaner future.”
Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino has a nationwide network of over 240 dealers in the USA.