On October 12, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced it will begin testing its “Project Portal,” a hydrogen fuel system designed for heavy-duty truck use, on October 23 in California, U.S.A.
The experiment will involve a heavy-duty truck concept equipped with a fuel-cell powertrain. The Project Portal truck concept features two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery to generate over 670hp of maximum output and 183.2kgm of maximum torque.
The heavy-duty truck concept is expected to produce nearly 320km of driving range per day during testing. It offers a gross combined weight capacity of around 36 tons. Initially, the Project Portal heavy-duty truck will transport goods from the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals to rail yards and warehouses. TMNA will extend the distance of these trips thereafter.
Through this experiment, TMNA will explore the possibility of implementing fuel cell technology onto heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)