Hino lifts curtain on maiden electric truck

Low floor, walk-through offering a variation on current 300 Series

Hino lifts curtain on maiden electric truck
The Hino Dutro Z EV


Hino Motors has unveiled the Dutro Z EV, the Japanese truckmaker’s first full-scale electric vehicle.

This variation of the Dutro, known in Australia as the 300 Series, is a walk-through van-style, battery electric vehicle with an ultra-low floor designed for last-mile deliveries.

Scheduled to be released in Japan in mid-2022, it features a compact 50kW electric motor mounted under the cab, which drives the front wheels.

In a sign of the model’s future potential in Australia, Hino’s local arm comments on the development.

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"A lithium ion battery is smartly packaged and is mounted under the floor of the cargo area in between the chassis rails, while the electronic control units and other ancillary equipment are located under the cab," Hino Australia manager of product strategy Daniel Petrovski says.

 "The walk-through structure of the van and its targeted cruising range of 100+km is particularly suited to the multi-stop delivery characteristics of the last-mile delivery challenge."

 In addition to the walk-through van, Hino has also developed a traditional light truck style cab chassis version that customers can mount their application specific body to.

 "This is an exciting product and Hino Australia is currently in discussion with Hino Motors, Ltd. regarding a release date for the Dutro Z EV into the Australian market," Petrovski says.

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