02 Nov 2018

Toyota build hydrogen pizza truck

Water-power ute serves up pizzas at SEMA
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Toyota has revealed the ultimate utes to go camping with.

Unveiling a duo of Tundra models at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Toyota has shown the possibilities of its big pick-up truck.

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Touting segment-first technology, the hydrogen-powered Tundra Pie Pro brings autonomous pizza-making ability that can cook and deliver a fresh, crispy and environmentally-friendly pizza in just six minutes.

Adding some pizzazz to its Tundra SR5 ute, the Pizza Hut sponsored pick-up is powered by the same hydrogen-electric powertrain that features in the Toyota Mirai production vehicle. Unfortunately, it required converting the four-wheel-drive truck to front-wheel-drive only.

Also controversial is that the robo chef out back is programmed to cut pizza into only six slices.

The chefless pizza maker is otherwise a sophisticated unit, pulling ingredients out of a fridge, throwing the pizza through a high-speed ventless conveyor oven and packaging it up in a box in just over five minutes, leaving nothing more behind than water droplets and pizza crumbs.

It is perhaps the greatest idea yet to convince fossil-fuel addicts of the benefits of alternative energy vehicles.

Alongside the pizza-tray ute, Toyota unveiled the ‘ultimate adventure truck’ – Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner’s ideal weekender.

Based on the Tundra Ultimate, the model has been customised with a tough front bumper that has an integrated Warner winch and Rigid Industries LED lightbar, and a raised rear bumper that sits below a decked out tray and increased departure angle.

It sits much higher than stock thanks to a 4.5-inch lift with Fox coil-over shocks and has a two-piece roof rack mounted to an ARE V Series awning.

In combination with the Tundra Pie Pro, the pair make for the ultimate bush survival fleet.

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