Toyota Reveals Project Portal, A Hydrogen Fuel Cell System For Heavy-Duty Trucks

Posted: Apr 19 2017, 8:42pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 20 2017, 12:00am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Toyota Reveals Project Portal, a Hydrogen Fuel Cell System for Heavy-Duty Trucks
  • Toyota revealed its Zero-Emission Trucking plan

Toyota plans zero emission trucking in future. The new Project Portal will use a new kind of hydrogen fuel system made for trucks.

Toyota just revealed its spectacular plan for the future of trucking. According to this new plan, the company is off to start a new plan named “Project Portal”. This will involve the introduction of zero emission trucks in the future.

Now it should be noted that a number of companies are actually working on the Zero emission truck but they are all EV in nature. Toyota on the other hand is off to start a new trucking campaign according to which these trucks will follow the hydrogen fuel system.

“As they did with the Prius and the Mirai, Toyota is taking a leap into the future of technology. 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,” 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.”

The hydrogen fuel system is already being introduced in the cars but this will be the first time that any company will be offering it in the commercial trucks.

However it won’t be happening any time soon as the company will first have a full research on the topic, the study will actually test the system for the heavy duty applications. If all the results are in the favor of technology then we will soon see the technology formally introduced by Toyota.

Toyota is regarded as a company that offer new concepts each year. It was one of the very few companies that came up with hydrogen fuel cell technology and got it approved for cars.

Now we have various models of Toyota in the market that are running on hydrogen fuel cell and many of them are being introduced later as well. The study to check the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cell will start from this summer. It will also contribute to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan.

According to Toyota, the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain can be the right choke for the future vehicles and this theory will be tested in this ongoing study.

“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future,” said TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter.

“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. With Project Portal, we’re proud to help explore the societal benefits of a true zero emission heavy-duty truck platform.”

“The Port of Los Angeles is excited to collaborate with Toyota to explore the feasibility of fuel cell technology for port drayage operations,” said Tony Gioiello, Deputy Executive Director of Port Development, Port of Los Angeles.

“Our port and industry stakeholders have demonstrated their leadership in reducing pollution from port-related operations, and we see the potential of Toyota's zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology as another solution to meet the long-term goals of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.”

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles play a role in California’s efforts to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, improve air quality, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.

“That’s why the California Energy Commission is investing in the refueling infrastructure needed to support adoption of these vehicles. The Commission applauds Toyota for putting this cutting edge technology to use in a heavy-duty freight proof of concept. 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.”

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