Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell system as part of its “Project Portal” for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles.
According to a company press release, the zero-emission truck proof of concept will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.
The study will begin this summer and contribute to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan, which has dramatically reduced harmful emissions from operations at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles since 2005.
Project Portal has been viewed as the next step in Toyota’s effort to broaden the application of zero-emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries. The concept heavy duty truck comes with the power and torque capacity to conduct port drayage (transportation of goods over a short distance) operations while emitting nothing but water vapor.
The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.
“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future,” said TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter. “From creating one of the world’s first mass market fuel cell vehicles, to introducing fuel cell buses in Japan, Toyota is a leader in expanding the use of versatile and scalable zero-emission technology. With Project Portal, we’re proud to help explore the societal benefits of a true zero emission heavy-duty truck platform.”
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