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Toyota Furthers Hydrogen Trucking

April 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, ports, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows a Kenworth T660 with Twin Mirai Fuel Cells
For ‘Project Portal’ Port of Los Angeles Drayage Ops

Seeking to show that hydrogen power can play a role beyond the passenger car, Toyota yesterday kicked off “Project Portal,” by which a modified Kenworth T660 will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.

The ‘Project Portal’ concept truck is a modified Kenworth T660.

Operator partners are being selected for the study that’s to begin this summer at the Port of Los Angeles, Toyota says.

The test vehicle is a Kenworth T660, purchased as a glider and fitted with a Toyota fuel cell system. The truck has two fuel cell stacks similar to the single one used in the Mirai hydrogen passenger car, fed by fuel stored at 700 bar/10,000 psi in four Type IV all-composite cylinders.

‘A Relatively Small Battery’

The Project Portal vehicle is designed to support port drayage operations. The Toyota hydrogen drive generates more than 670 horsepower, the company says, with 1,325 foot pounds of torque. The driveline includes a 12-kilowatt-hour battery, which is “a relatively small battery to support Class 8 load operations.”

The ‘Project Portal’ concept truck, a heavy duty Class 8 vehicle, is powered by two Mirai fuel cells with a ‘relatively small’ 12-kilowatt-hour battery. The system generates 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque.

Gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds with an estimated driving range of more than 200 miles per fill under normal drayage operation. “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 says.

‘A Leap Into the Future of Technology’

“As they did with the Prius and the Mirai, Toyota is taking a leap into the future of technology,” CARB/California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols says in a Toyota release. “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,” she 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,” Nichols said.

‘Tremendous Potential’

“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future,” Toyota Motor Sales North America executive VP Bob Carter says in the Project Portal announcement.

“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,” he said.

Toyota Is Tight with Paccar

“This demo will show how fuel cells can help support the heavy-duty sector’s efforts to increase efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness,” said Janea Scott, a commissioner with CEC, the California Energy Commission.

Why the Kenworth T660? “We’ve got a strong relationship with Kenworth and their parent company Paccar through our logistic operations,” a spokeswoman told F&F.

In late 2015, Toyota enthusiastically publicized deployment of a compressed natural gas/CNG-fueled Peterbilt 365 for car-hauling (F&F, November 24, 2015). Peterbilt, like Kenworth, is a Paccar company.

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Source: Toyota with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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