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Toyota Invests in Fuel Cell Technology for Class 8 Trucks

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Feasibility study examines potential usage of fuel cell technology in heavy-duty applications.

Toyota is putting fuel-cell technology for heavy-duty trucking applications to the test in California. Known as “Project Portal,” Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell system for heavy-duty truck use generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, which is a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations.

The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 320 km per fill, under normal drayage operation.

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.

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