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Apr 26, 2017

NO MORE DIESEL FOR TRUCKS ? * USA: Testing hydrogen vehicles

* California - Toyota is testing heavy-duty hydrogen trucks at the Port of Long Beach

--- An 80,000lb (36,288kg) a Kenworth T660 chassis and body, Class-8 tractor-trailer, combo using a development fuel cell drivetrain. It turns out Toyota's future-trucking idea resides at California's Port of Long Beach, where 18,630 shipping container units get processed per day... Two years ago, Toyota began secretly testing a hydrogen fuel cell system alternative to the conventional diesel powertrain for heavy Class-8 trucks. Called "Project Portal," this system is intended for drayage (short-haul movements), shuttling shipping containers between Los Angeles and Long Beach ports plus other freight depots. (Toyota used a Kenworth to demonstrate the powertrain; however, Hino does not make a Class-8 rig) ... Since the short-haul trucks need not have immense range between refueling, it made this particular lab experiment the right one to prove the zero-emissions truck concept for Toyota. According to some studies, more than 30 percent of California's NOx emissions come from commercial heavy-duty vehicles. Because hydrogen fuel cell powertrains produce no tailpipe emissions, they are a very attractive solution despite infrastructure limitations for hydrogen fuel...
(Photo from Orange County Register: This hydrogen-fueled 18-wheeler at L.A., Long Beach ports emits only water from tailpipe) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - Arstechnica, by Jim Resnick - 20 April 2017

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