Toyota unveils plans to build a fleet of heavy-duty, hydrogen-powered trucks

Toyota unveiled its plan today to build a fleet of heavy-duty, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell trucks. The move is further evidence that automakers are continuing to place huge bets on the most abundant element in the universe, despite major fueling limitations.

Toyota introduced the fuel cell truck concept as part of a feasibility study by the Port of Los Angeles, which figures in to the port’s efforts to reduce harmful emissions. If Toyota does go forward with the concept, there’s no question this would be the most powerful hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the market. The automaker says the concept truck would generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, “a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations.” The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds, and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal trucking operations.

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