Toyota’s Market-Ready Fuel Cell Trucks For California Ports

After extensive tests of hydrogen fuel cell trucks, Toyota has unveiled its first market-ready vehicle.

Developed by in partnership with the Kenworth Truck Company, it’s the first of 10 trucks planned for freight duties in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. The vehicle, originally code-named Beta, builds on the capabilities of Toyota’s original Project Portal proof-of-concept machines which clocked 14,000 miles of testing in real-world drayage operations. Toyota claims it provides better packaging and an estimated driving range of more than 300 miles on a tank of fuel – double that of typical drayage trucks on the average daily duty cycle.

The truck is based on the Kenworth T680 Class 8 model, fitted with Toyota’s fuel cell electric technology. It will play its role in a large-scale ‘Shore-to-Store’ plan to handle freight in a more efficient and climate friendly way. It’s hoped the initiative will help reduce emissions by more than 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 0.72 weighted tonnes of other harmful emissions, including nitrous oxides, reactive organic gas (ROG) and PM10 particulates.

Bob Carter, Toyota’s executive vice-president for automotive operations, said: “Toyota 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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