Toyota has been at the forefront of hydrogen-propulsion technology development and even has hydrogen-powered cars available in markets including California.
And that U.S. state is also where Toyota has been undertaking extensive on-road testing of hydrogen-powered trucks.
Now those trucks operating in and around the enormous Port of Long Beach are set to benefit from a new permanent hydrogen refuelling station.
A joint project between Shell Oil and Toyota, the new hydrogen infrastructure will be funded by an $8 million (USD) grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and will provide hydrogen produced by Toyota using 100% renewable biogas.
The oil company and the vehicle manufacturer tell us the new facility will encourage the use of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks.
“This station will help the hydrogen-fuelled freight sector to flourish in California,” – Oliver Bishop, Hydrogen General Manager at Shell.
“Hydrogen offers a promising path for decarbonizing transport, particularly the heavy-duty sector where there are few alternatives to conventional fuel.
“Shell and Toyota will combine their expertise to deliver an effective alternative fuel for Californian freight.”
While Craig Scott, Director Advanced Technology Vehicles at Toyota Motor North America, says the infrastructure is a shot in the arm for the fledgling tech.
“Toyota continues to demonstrate that fuel cells are one of the most innovative and sustainable technologies for light and heavy-duty vehicle electrification.
“This initiative with Shell further strengthens our combined commitment to hydrogen as a viable transport fuel and complements our retail station project in Northern California.”
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