Toyota build hydrogen pizza truck
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.
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.
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…