Truck powered by hydrogen fuel cell to work in LA port

Updated Apr 24, 2017
Class 8 truck powered by Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cellClass 8 truck powered by Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell

Truckers coming and going at the Port of Los Angeles this summer will see Toyota’s new zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell powered Class 8 truck at work.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Wednesday, April 19, announced its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell system truck work in the ports is part of a feasibility study to examine the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications. The test is part of the port’s efforts to reduce emissions.

Project Portal is the next step in 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, according to Toyota.

The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, a relatively small battery to support Class 8 load operations, according to a statement from the company. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.