Isuzu and Honda have signed an agreement to work together on hydrogen vehicles, but utes are not on the to-do list.

CarAdvice, By Joshua Dowling


© Image Credit by CarAdvice | Isuzu Ute says it has no plans for hydrogen power, despite Honda technology tie-up


Don’t hold your breath for a ute that only emits water vapor from its tailpipe.
Isuzu says it has no plans to adopt hydrogen power for its next-generation D-Max ute, even though the company has just signed an agreement with Honda to share the technology.
Last week Isuzu announced it has done a deal to draw on Honda’s expertise in hydrogen gathered over 30 years.
The statement said in part: “The automobile industry is facing demand to reduce exhaust gas and carbon emissions from mobility products to address the on-going global challenge of reducing humanity's environmental footprint.
“To that end, Isuzu has been researching and developing various powertrains including clean diesel engines, engines for natural gas vehicles and electric vehicle powertrains, which accommodate a broad range of customer needs.”
The Isuzu statement continued: “Sharing the same technological research goals, the two companies reached an agreement to conduct joint research on heavy-duty (hydrogen-powered) trucks.”
Conspicuously absent from the statement, however, was any mention of plans for a hydrogen-powered Isuzu D-Max.
Isuzu Ute Australia offered a "no comment" when asked about the possibility of hydrogen power for the future D-Max, however, CarAdvice understands the joint venture with Honda is in fact restricted to heavy trucks for the time being.
Instead, as reported in October 2019, Isuzu Ute will soldier on with an updated version of the trusted 3.0-liter turbo diesel that has powered the D-Max pick-up and MU-X SUV over the past decade.
The new-generation Isuzu D-Max is due in Australian showrooms in the second half of this year, although the local distributor is yet to confirm exact timing.
While the Isuzu D-Max is sticking with old-school diesel power, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are working on hybrid power for their future uses, though they are still at least three to five years away from local showrooms.
In North America, the technology focus has skipped past hybrid power: the big American car brands are trying to go fully electric to compete with the Tesla Cybertruck.
This article was originally published by CarAdvice.
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