Toyota unveils a more efficient hydrogen truck

The japanese company just revealed the Project Portal 2.0, during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, in Northern Michigan.

The new hydrogen truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. The truck also enhances versatility and maneuverability with the addition of a sleeper cab and a unique fuel cabinet combination that further increases cab space without increasing wheelbase. Project Portal 2.0 keeps the same power (670-plus horsepower) and same torque (1,325 pound-feet), thanks to two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery.

Since it first began operation in April 2017, the Project Portal “Alpha” truck has logged nearly 10,000 miles of testing and real-world drayage operations in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Beta vehicle will begin drayage operations in the fall, increasing the Ports’ zero emission trucking capacity and further reducing the environmental impact of drayage operations.

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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