Hydrogen-Powered Truck Begins Work at LA-Long Beach

Hydrogen-Powered Truck Begins Work at LA-Long Beach”

News just in from Toyota Motor North America is that it has developed a hydrogen fuel cell system for heavy-duty trucks.

The Class 8 concept truck has completed more than 4,000 miles of testing while hauling cargo.

Come 2040 this is going to be vital if the World still expects to be able to move move of its goods by road.

"By bringing this heavy duty, zero emission hydrogen fuel cell proof of concept truck to the Port, Toyota has planted a flag that we hope many others will follow", said Mary D. Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in a statement earlier this year. The goal is to test how the battery pack will be impacted by frequent cycling of the fuel cell system, which will be refueled often, as well as to capture real-world performance data. The major upside of the hydrogen fuel cell technology is that the truck emits nothing but water vapor and can go much longer than a conventional electric vehicle without needing to recharge, though the infrastructure to support this is now lacking. Starting October 23, the truck will begin its new port hauling duties, traveling around 200 miles each day.

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Hybrid electric trucking tech is seen by some as the most viable option for long-haul transport while also reducing emissions, as it doesn't compromise on range while producing zero local waste. Over time, Toyota plans to conduct longer runs of the truck as well, as part of the overall feasibility study that is also part of the Port of LA's long-term plans to reduce emissions overall.

Powered by the same technology that propels the Mirai hydrogen vehicle (driven here), the truck version has two fuel cell stacks, rather than the single stack found in the auto. Its gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds.

Revealed in April 2017, Project Portal is the next step in Toyota's effort to broaden the application of zero-emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries.

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