Toyota trucks larger than life on our roads
July 27 2018, Richard DesRochers
An advanced technology
For those who know less about the process, using electrolysis, a chemical reaction is created to separate the hydrogen from the water. Once split, we obtain a super-efficient gas lighter than air and free of impurity. However, this same technology will soon be on our roads, to ensure fuel economy, but above all a significant technological advance for the protection of our environment. You guessed it, once used, the hydrogen simply returns to water.
The Toyota Project Portal
At the beginning of last month, the new version of the Toyota Project Portal Hydrogen Truck comes to life with an increased runtime of 50%, or 480 km for equal towing performance. This new prototype called Beta, like the first (prototype named alpha) is now with a torque of 1,800 Nm engines and up to 670 horsepower for a total gross weight of 36 tons.
The set is powered by two fuel cells from the technology embedded in the Toyota Mirai (a hydrogen sedan), all associated with a battery of 12 kWh. The truck also gains versatility and maneuverability by providing a sleeper cab and a more convenient fuel cell compartment, which increases cab space without lengthening the wheelbase.
A marketable version
With this latest prototype, Toyota is seriously evaluating the commercial viability of its new vehicle. For example, more than 16,000 trucks are operating in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the United States, a figure that is expected to double by 2030. Toyota believes California's market and environmental requirements will soon be ripe to promote the emergence of a clean motorization.
Eradication of CO2 emissions
With this announcement, we can finally finally rely on technology to free our cities of greenhouse gases and especially harmful to our health. The announcement is a continuation of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 initiatives, which include the goal of eradicating CO2 emissions from the Toyota Logistics site based at Long Beach.