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Published: 20 April 2017
Toyota in zero emission truck move
Auto industry heavyweight Toyota has announced a project to test a hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the drayage market at Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The ‘clean trucks’ serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could be about to get significantly cleaner with the announcement of a “Project Portal” for testing a hydrogen fuel cell truck backed by Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).
Project Portal was announced at a press conference with Port officials and representatives from California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). A “zero-emission truck” proof of concept vehicle will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications. “The study will begin this summer and contribute to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan, which has dramatically reduced harmful emissions from operations at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles since 2005,” the Port of Los Angeles said in a statement.
“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.”
Project Portal is part of Toyota’s effort to broaden the application of zero-emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries. “It is a fully functioning heavy duty truck with the power and torque capacity to conduct port drayage operations while emitting nothing but water vapor".
“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future,” said TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter. “From creating one of the world’s first mass market fuel cell vehicles, to introducing fuel cell buses in Japan, Toyota is a leader in expanding the use of versatile and scalable zero-emission technology. With Project Portal, we’re proud to help explore the societal benefits of a true zero emission heavy-duty truck platform.”
The test vehicle is based on a class 8 truck, and generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, which Toyota said is “a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations”. Gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.
The Port of Los Angeles is excited to collaborate with Toyota to explore the feasibility of fuel cell technology for port drayage operations,” said Tony Gioiello, Deputy Executive Director of Port Development, Port of Los Angeles. “Our port and industry stakeholders have demonstrated their leadership in reducing pollution from port-related operations, and we see the potential of Toyota's zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology as another solution to meet the long-term goals of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.”