Watch Toyota’s Fuel Cell Truck Easily Out-Accelerate A Diesel Rival

Back in April, Toyota unveiled its zero-emission Project Portal, a semi-truck powered purely by hydrogen and set to be part of a feasibility study this summer.

Beyond having the obvious advantage of not emitting anything other than water, Toyota’s fuel-cell truck has another key advantage over traditional diesel-powered trucks: as the video below shows, it is significantly quicker off the line.

Now you may be asking yourself, so what if a fuel cell truck is faster than a diesel one? After all, these vehicles aren’t about straight-line performance, right? Well, while that may be true, it also demonstrates that been green doesn’t come with any compromises in performance – quite the opposite, in fact.

The electric motors of Toyota’s Project Portal deliver maximum torque from the moment the throttle is depressed and, unlike diesel trucks which can often have 18 gears, the Toyota has only one, allowing for smooth and seamless acceleration. What’s more, it is also significantly quieter than a diesel alternative, simply humming along as it picks up speed.


  • TheBelltower

    Frankly, I’m more interested in a truck innovations that can out-brake current trucks. Who cares how they accelerate?

    • Big Black Duck

      I care…when i am stuck in traffick behind them

      • TheBelltower

        True. But if you’re in front of them, you’ll want a truck that accelerates slowly and stops quickly.

        • Status

          When trucks and cars are fully automated with V2V communications, it won’t matter.

    • Socarboy

      Actually class 8 (tractor/trailer) trucks have had their brakes beefed up over the last 5 years. The USDOT standard is known as RSD Brakes. RSD stands for Reduced Stopping Distance where these vehicles pulling a loaded trailer must comply with stopping distance of 60 MPH to 0 in 250 feet, 100 feet less than before.

    • Burnermovement

      Truckers who get paid by the mile do.

    • SteersUright

      I think you make a valid point. But both acceleration and braking are important with these massive behemoths.

  • pcurve

    that can’t be good for range…

  • COOL.

  • getoffme

    Look at that 1-speed power. Linear and efficient.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Because truckers value 0-60 so much, eh?

    • Jay

      uh yea, no one wants to be behind a truck because of the slow acceleration. Truckers want that get up and go just like everyone else.

    • Burnermovement

      Many truckers get paid by the mile and will appreciate better acceleration. The economy as a whole will benefit with more efficient transportation of goods.

      • Christian Wimmer

        More power and quicker acceleration are always good, but will it really make a difference when a truck is limited to the same speed limits (or even lower speeds) as everyone else? In the end I don’t see acceleration as being the deciding factor, especially when traffic conditions and speed limits will be the main factors in determining when and what time a truck arrives at their designated location.

        • SteersUright

          C’mon man, seriously? The acceleration is an awesome byproduct of electric motors torque so its fun to show it off. I’d think everyone knows the true story is the reduced emissions these electric trucks offer and their subsequent environmental benefits.

        • Burnermovement

          Seconds count when millions are added up.

  • Vassilis

    Oh come on, this should have been a drag race!

  • SteersUright

    About time we see Toyota innovate outside of just passenger cars!! I’d love to see what else this amazing company can produce. Honda has robots and jets. This truck is an awesome first step. Lets see some more cool stuff Toyota!

  • brn

    What a pointless video. They measure acceleration by how long it takes to go “out of frame” What’s that?

    More importantly, what diesel are they going up against? The slowest one they could find? How’s the fuel cell truck perform once it’s up to speed? Where can I buy one and what does it cost?

    Completely lacking in facts. Useless.