Toyota tests hydrogen trucks at LA / Long Beach ports

Ten new Toyota / Kenworth hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy duty trucks are being tested around the ports of LA and Long Beach in California. Three of the new trucks are being run by UPS.

The new trucks are building on the capabilities of the Toyota Project Portal machines that use hydrogen as a fuel source. The new trucks have an estimated range of 300 miles – double that of the typical mileage of a drayage on a day’s driving.

The new trucks will form part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project (ZANZEFF) in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports and the LA basin. They have been developed with support from the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

“Toyota is committed to fuel cell electric technology as a powertrain for the future because it’s a clean, scalable platform that can meet a broad range of mobility needs with zero emissions,” said Bob Carter, Toyota’s Executive Vice President for Automotive Operations. “The ZANZEFF collaboration and the innovative ‘Shore-to-Store’ project allow us to move heavy duty truck fuel cell technology towards commercialisation.”

CARB has awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles for the ZANZEFF project as part of California Climate Investments, an initiative to put billions of dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.

“This substantial climate investment by the state, matched by the project partners, will help speed up the number of zero emission trucks in the California communities and neighbourhoods where they are needed the most,” said Marcy D. Nichols, CARB Chair. “It will provide a real world-at-work demonstration of innovative heavy duty fuel cell electric technologies. The project offers a commercial solution to move cargo and freight around the state using zero emission trucks and equipment that protect air quality and cut climate-changing emissions.”

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