While Tesla is intent on introducing an electric semi truck, Toyota is also testing a zero emissions semi truck that uses a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Toyota is set to begin testing its new Project Portal zero-emissions truck later this month around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Project Portal heavy-duty truck concept generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 lb-ft. of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12 kWh battery. The truck has a driving range around 200 miles.
Project Portal represents the possible future of heavy-duty trucking, with the zero-emission class 8 truck concept that has completed more than 4,000 development miles, while progressively pulling drayage rated cargo weight. Initial feasibility study routes, moving goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals to surrounding rail yards and warehouses for distribution, will begin on October 23rd. The truck is expected to travel around 200 miles a day to test the demanding drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system while capturing real world performance data. Toyota expects to eventually increase the test routes to longer trips.
“Toyota has led the way in expanding the understanding and adoption of fuel cell technology,” said TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter. “From the introduction of the Mirai passenger vehicle to the creation of the heavy-duty fuel cell system in Project Portal, Toyota continues to demonstrate the versatility and scalability of the zero-emission fuel cell powertrain.”