October 4, 2006
Hino Motors releases the first light-duty truck in compliance with the fuel economy standards of 2015- Achieving both the environmental performance of the New Long Term Emission Regulations and outstanding fuel efficiency -
Hino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) launched sales today of the light-duty truck Hino Dutro Hybrid*1, in compliance not only with the (New Long-Term) Emission Regulations of 2005 but also the fuel economy standards of 2015*2 for ”Heavy vehicles”, the first ever for a light-duty and hybrid truck.
The vehicle is eligible for “automobile acquisition tax incentives for LEV acquisition,” enabling a 2.7% reduction in automobile acquisition tax.
The new model Hino Dutro Hybrid is equipped with a new hybrid system based on the advanced 4-cylinder inline diesel engine NO4C for higher output and enhanced efficiency through the combination of the clean diesel system DPR, new-model permanent magnet motor/generator, batteries and inverter, realizing both environmental performance and fuel efficiency*3. The vehicle is in compliance with the New Long-Term Emission Regulations, the Low Emission “Heavy vehicles” (NOx and PM 10% lower than the New Long-Term Emission Regulations), allowing an even lower level of NOx, PM and CO2 emissions, as well as the fuel economy standards of 2015.
Hino released the Hino Dutro Hybrid in November 2003 as the world’s first*4 light-duty hybrid truck. While maintaining the conventional parallel system*5 in which the engine is used alone for ordinary driving, the battery is recharged by recovering deceleration energy through regeneration when decelerating and braking and the engine is assisted by the motor when starting and accelerating, the new model vehicle now being released is a further evolved advanced hybrid truck with a completely renovated hybrid unit developed through Hino’s own unique technology nurtured over long years of hybrid vehicle development and sales activities.
Furthermore, to ensure the optimal utilization of the outstanding hybrid functions by the driver, a new hybrid indicator has been incorporated in the meter panel as standard equipment, thereby supporting eco-driving through lamp displays of appropriate running operation of the hybrid vehicle, battery recharge conditions and so forth.
In addition, loadability and super structure adaptability have been improved through the reduced size and weight of the hybrid unit and it can also be operated with an ordinary driver’s license (though the gross vehicle weight is less than 5 tons, it is able to carry a 2-ton load) under the new driver’s license system*6 as a series with an expanded product line including new special garbage truck chassis.
As an environmental frontrunner, Hino will continue to supply trucks and buses that are beneficial to the customer, offering both reduced burden on the environment and economy efficiency.
These models are only available in the Japanese market.
*1: Jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation
*2:” Heavy vehicles “(trucks & tractors exceeding 3.5 tons in gross vehicle weight and buses with a riding capacity of 11 or more) shipped into the domestic market will be required to satisfy target standards for weighted harmonic average fuel economy for each gross vehicle weight in each year beginning in 2015.
*3: Differ according to vehicle, running and other conditions
*4: First light-duty hybrid truck in the world with a maximum loading capacity of 2-3.5 tons at the time (released November 1, 2003).
*5: A method combining the drive power of both the engine and the motor
*6: Set to go into effect by June 2007
The new model Hino Dutro Hybrid (only available in the Japanese market)