Hino Australia’s environmental statement
As part of its commitment to the Hino Environmental Challenge 2050, Hino aims to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its vehicles by 90%. This will be achieved by continuing to evolve existing technologies and the development of next-generation products including lower emission diesel, plug-in hybrids, electric and fuel cell vehicles.
The other key challenges in the Hino Environmental Challenge 2050 are:
- To produce zero carbon dioxide emissions in the vehicle life cycle from manufacturing to disposal
- For its factories to produce zero carbon dioxide emissions
- To minimise the amount of water used and purify wastewater thoroughly
- To contribute to sustainable resource use and achieve zero waste
- Establish a future society in harmony with nature by focusing on the conservation of biodiversity and protection of all species.
In 2007, Hino Australia was the first truck manufacturer in Australia to introduce a hybrid commercial vehicle to the Australian market, the Hino 300 Series Hybrid.
The Hino 300 Series Hybrid is the best-selling diesel-electric commercial vehicle in Australia with more than 550 vehicles in eight variants already in service.
According to the Green Truck Partnership report (a NSW State Government initiative), a comparison between a light duty diesel commercial vehicle and its hybrid counterpart demonstrated that the hybrid version delivered up to a 21% fuel efficiency benefit relative to the conventional diesel variant.
The amount of greenhouse gas created by the burning fossil fuels is directly impacted by the amount of fuel used – therefore a 21% fuel saving results in a direct 21% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Other vehicles currently under consideration for Hino both globally and in Australia are electric versions of the Poncho bus and 300 Series truck.
More information about the Hino Environmental Challenge 2050 is available here or view the below video.