Toyota is serious about hydrogen fuel cell technology and not just for passenger cars.
As we’ve been covering, Toyota has been trialing heavy-duty trucks powered by hydrogen in the U.S. for some time now.
Those trials, known as ‘Project Portal’, are now set to step up a gear with a vastly improved Toyota fuel cell truck being revealed overnight.
As seen above, the truck is based on a Kenworth platform, but with significant changes underneath.
The new second-generation version, known as Project Portal 2.0, boasts an estimated range that is now around 300 miles (482km), that’s up from around 320km in the earlier version of the truck.
Outputs though stay the same – 670hp and 1,800Nm.
Toyota telling us they’ve improved the trucks versatility and manoeuvrability with the addition of a sleeper cab.
While there’s also a unique fuel cabinet combination that further increases cab space without increasing wheelbase.
Andrew Lund is the chief engineer for the project, he says a lot was learned while the original truck clocked up nearly 10,000 miles of testing in California (while emitting nothing but water vapor).
“By evaluating the first truck in our test facilities and on the actual roads in the LA area, we made a list of improvements for the Beta truck build process and performance enhancements,”
“We needed to move beyond a proof of concept, which the first truck accomplished, to something that is not only better than the original but is also more commercially viable.”
Toyota is hoping to see the fuel cell truck initially replace some of the thousands of diesel-powered trucks at work on U.S. ports.
There’s no word at this stage on when we might see something similar in Australia from Toyota.
We will keep you updated as further details on Toyota’s heavy-duty fuel cell truck come to hand.
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