Tesla is supposed to reveal its new zero emissions semi truck later this year, but Toyota may have beaten Tesla to the punch. Toyota has unveiled its new “Project Portal” hydrogen fuel cell system that is designed specifically for heavy-duty trucks.
Project Portal is the next step in Toyota’s effort to increase the use of zero-emission fuel cell technology. It is a fully functioning heavy duty truck that only emits water vapor. Revealed at the Port of Los Angeles, Toyota says that the zero-emission truck proof of concept will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty trucks. The study will begin this summer and contribute to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan.
“As they did with the Prius and the Mirai, Toyota is taking a leap into the future of technology. 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, California Air Resources Board (CARB). “CARB will be following the progress of this feasibility study with interest, as we look to develop the best mix of regulations and incentives to rapidly expand the market for the cleanest, most efficient big trucks to meet the need for dramatic change in the freight sector.”