Toyota and Kenworth prove that Hydrogen Fuel Cells can power heavy duty electric trucks.

Published 23 April 2019

Since April 2017, Toyota’s Project Portal Alpha and Beta proof-of-concept trucks have logged more than 14,000 miles of testing and real-world transportation operations, while emitting nothing but water vapour.

Now a new generation of truck builds on the capabilities of Toyota’s original Project Portal proof-of-concept machines that have pioneered the use of hydrogen fuel cell technology for cleaner transportation of cargo. The new truck 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.

These heavy duty trucks, jointly developed by Toyota and the Kenworth Truck Company will form part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project (ZANZEFF) in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports and the LA basin. They have been developed with support from the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The debut vehicle is the first of 10 that are planned for freight duties in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.

The first Kenworth/Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Truck (FCET) in the ZANZEFF project will begin work in the fourth quarter of 2019, increasing the ports’ zero emission trucking capacity and further reducing the environmental impact of drayage operations.

The new truck is based on the Kenworth T680 Class 8 model, fitted with Toyota’s fuel cell electric technology. Pioneered by the Port of Los Angeles, with leading support from Toyota, Kenworth and Shell, it provides a large-scale ‘Shore-to-Store’ plan and a framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement. 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.

Toyota Kenworth Hydrogen Semi -trailer Trucks


Engineer Andy    on 25 April 2019

Now all we need is to produce hydrogen on a vast scale in a green way that doesn't stifle all other means of energy production and swallow huge tracts of land.

Toyota's small scale hydrogen production facility for its forklifts on the factory took about a 1/4 of the space of an entire (average size) petrol station, just to prduce enough hydrogen for 3-6 forklifts for 1 day's use. Imagine trying to scale that up for millions of cars, vans and HGVs just in the UK alone...

Edited by Engineer Andy on 25/04/2019 at 12:56

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