Hydrogen-Powered Truck Begins Work at LA-Long Beach

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

Heavy duty vehicles make up a significant percentage of the annual emissions output at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Portal feasibility study may provide another path to further reduce emissions. The zero-emission class 8 truck proof of concept has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while progressively pulling drayage rated cargo weight, and emitting nothing but water vapor. The deployment - dubbed "Project Portal" - is meant to test the effects of frequent duty cycles on the carmaker's Mirai fuel cell system, a lead-up to long-haul route deployment.

After introducing the hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan, Toyota is looking to expand its fuel cell technology to heavy-duty trucks. As the study progresses, longer haul routes will be introduced.

The modified Kenworth is quiet and quick. The concept truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery. Its GVW is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill under normal drayage operation.

Tesla plans to unveil its own fully electric semi truck in November, and Tesla founder Elon Musk has been a vocal critic of hydrogen power in general.

The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, America's busiest container facilities, have ambitious goals for reducing emissions. The goals would require the deployment of 100,000 zero-emissions vehicles over the next 15 years, and the total cost would be in the range of $14 billion, according to an estimate prepared for the ports. Their joint Clean Air Action Plan calls for a zero-emissions drayage fleet by 2035 and zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030.

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