Toyota And Kenworth Unveil New Fuel Cell Semi With 300+ Mile Range

Toyota is celebrating Earth Day by unveiling a new fuel cell electric semi at the Port of Los Angeles.

Jointly developed with Kenworth, the latest semi is an evolution of previous “proof of concept” trucks – known as Alpha and Beta – which were created as part of Project Portal.

The semi is based on the Kenworth T680 Class 8 and uses Toyota’s fuel cell electric technology. The companies didn’t go into too many specifics, but said the new semi “expands on the capabilities” of previous trucks as it has “enhanced capability, packaging and performance.” Speaking of the latter, the new truck has an estimated range of 300+ miles (483+ km) per fill up and Toyota noted this is “twice that of a typical drayage trucks’ average daily duty cycle.”

A total of ten trucks will be built as part of the Zero-and-Near-Zero Emission Freight Facilities Project and they will be used to use haul cargo received at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Four of the trucks will be operated by Toyota Logistics Services, which is responsible for processing and distributing Toyota products sold in the United States, but UPS will use three of them.

Fuel cell vehicles haven’t caught on with consumers, but Toyota North America Executive Vice President Bob Carter said the company is “committed to fuel cell electric technology as a powertrain for the future because it’s a clean, scalable platform that can meet a broad range of mobility needs with zero emissions.”

 

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  • Super Rob

    Nice, but most likely not going to be around in 25 years.

    • Socarboy

      Then what do YOU think will be here in 25 years?

      • Tobias Schreyer

        Simple answer… EVs

        • Michael_66589

          Rather ICE

        • Socarboy

          Which must rely on an aging electric grid to charge…NOT the long term answer

      • Super Rob

        That’s an easy answer. It will be EV trucks. Local EV trucks is easier than cars since they don’t ever leave the local area. With EV busses already being out there the technology is already there. In 10 years the battery technology will have progressed to the point that recharge is a 5 minute process. Every truck stop and 7-11 will be getting recharge pumps.

  • SOUNDS LIKE THEY USED THE SAME SIZED FUEL TANK THEY USE IN THE MIRAI.

  • danno

    When the fuel costs of production and delivery cost more than the benefit, it will always be a concept.

    • Knotmyrealname

      See, it’s this mentality where some people think that it’s all and only about the money that is the true prohibitor of progress and the cancer of our world.

      • KidRed

        When the topic refers to a consumable product, it absolutely is all and only about the money.

        • Knotmyrealname

          You imply consumers have no scruples, morals or ethics.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Nice move

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