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Apr 21, 2017

TOYOTA's HYDROGEN TRUCK * USA: Why Toyota's truck is important and different

* Texas - Toyota has created a prototype electric tractor-trailer powered by hydrogen fuel cells

--- Toyota Motor Corporation revealed a surprise on Wednesday: The automaker has created a hydrogen fuel cell system to power zero-emission electric heavy trucks. Toyota engineers have installed a prototype of the system in a heavily modified Kenworth 18-wheeler that will soon begin operating in a test in California... Toyota actually has a working electric truck to show off right now... The number of battery cells required to move an 80,000-pound vehicle several hundred miles is very large, meaning that the battery pack in Tesla's truck is nearly certain to be bulky, heavy, and expensive. That big battery pack will take a long time to recharge, taking the truck out of service for several hours a day... Of course, unless you're in southern California, there aren't likely to be hydrogen stations nearby. But while that's an obstacle for fuel cell passenger cars, it seems like less of an obstacle for long-haul tractor-trailers owned by a fleet operator that can build its own strategically located stations along its routes... That's the bet Toyota is making...
(IMAGE SOURCE: TOYOTA - THIS BIG RIG IS POWERED BY ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY TOYOTA FUEL CELLS)   --   Plano, TXS, USA - The Motley Fool, by John Rosevear - Apr 20, 2017

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