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