What is This Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Tundra Concept?
Truck Leaked From 2017 Asilomar Biennial Conference on Transportation and Energy
While it might look like the unholy union of a pickup and a 1960 Cadillac, the vehicle you’re looking at here is reportedly called the Toyota Hydra-Tundra concept. Leaked yesterday by an anonymous source attending the 2017 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy, this unique pickup evidently receives motivating power from an array of hydrogen fuel cells occupying the bed. Visible on one of the rear “tailfins” is a hydrogen refueling port rated to 10,000 psi.
We’re not totally sure as to the origins of this unusual Tundra. It looks as though the entirety of the bed has been filled to the brim with fuel cell components and hydrogen tanks, causing us to doubt somewhat that this vehicle originated from Toyota. Our technology gurus concurred, suggesting that companies as diverse as Hyundai, Toyota, and Chevrolet have managed to fit fuel cell architecture in their respective vehicles’ engine bays and floorpans.
Since Asilomar 2017 is hosted by the University of California, Davis, it’s entirely possible the truck is a student project developed in partnership with Toyota, rather than a viable, pre-production mule. It’s also possible Toyota developed the Tundra with an eye toward its Project Portal fuel-cell big rig. That would explain the size of the bed’s contents, as a large semi would require more energy than the pickup.
Attendees to Asilomar 2017 include executives from Volvo, BMW, Volkswagen, and others, as well as researchers, scientists, and government officials. The event focuses much of its dialogue on clean energy, more efficient transportation methods, and environmental concerns.