Toyota to Begin Testing Fuel-Cell Trucks

As alternative fuels are getting a lot of interests in recent years, automobile manufacturers are unveiling new vehicles on a regular basis. For instance, Tesla is currently preparing for full-electric semi-truck unveiling on November 16. And now, Toyota is set to put hydrogen fuel-cell semi-truck into most extensive tests in the coming days.

Toyota’s “Project Portal” was first introduced back in April this year and according to the company, the truck has completed more than 4,000 development miles up until now. However, the upcoming test from October 23rd will be its first real-world test.

According to official statement, Toyota expects the trucks to cover about 200 miles a day with a number of short trips. While the number might not be the most impressive feat, Toyota will plan for longer trips when the fuel-cell system is proven capable of handling higher workload. However, the amount of work suits such fuel-cell truck as current lack of hydrogen stations means the trucks will need to operate in a smaller area.

If you are wondering, the trucks feature 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque, as well as a gross combined weight capacity of 80,000 pounds. As for power, it comes thanks to two fuel-cell stacks and a 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

While the vehicles will surely reduce air pollution by significant margin, Toyota is far from ready to put the Hydrogen fuel powered trucks into production. As a result, we might need to wait several more years before such vehicles become more common.

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