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Toyota and Kenworth collaborate to develop 10 hydrogen fuel-cell T680 trucks as part of ZANZEFF grant

Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains.

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This collaboration is part of a $41-million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. (Earlier post.)

The grant monies are part of a larger $82-million program that will put fuel cell electric tractors, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and zero emissions cargo handling equipment into operation in the ports and Los Angeles basin in 2020.

The Kenworth T680s will transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to inland cities such as Ontario and San Bernardino while generating zero emissions, other than water vapor, thanks to their fully electric hydrogen fuel cell powertrain integrations co-developed by Kenworth and Toyota.

This is not just a science experiment; the goal is to make a difference in society. To remove pollution and improve the air quality in and around the Port of Los Angeles.

—Bob Carter, executive vice president, Toyota Motor North America

The electricity generated by the fuel cells powers electric motors to move the trucks, while also charging the lithium-ion batteries to optimize performance as needed. Power management systems will apportion the electrical power from the fuel cells to the motors, batteries, and other components, such as electrified power steering and brake air compressors. The hydrogen fuel cell electric powered Kenworth T680s will have a range of more than 300 miles under normal drayage operating conditions.

The program will also fund foundational hydrogen fuel infrastructure, including two new fueling stations that, subject to a final investment decision by Equilon Enterprises LLC (dba Shell Oil Products US), will be developed through Shell Oil Products US, to support the operation of the fuel cell electric trucks in Southern California.

Comments

HarveyD

Toyota's mobile FCs are developed to the level required for successful operation in cars, light trucks, heavy trucks, buses and passenger trains.

Wise of Kenworth to use proven FCs. Two FCs per heavy trucks may be required.

George Kafantaris

It’s only ten trucks, but what Toyota and Kenworth will learn -- and have learned already -- can be scaled up quickly. Hold on to your hat.

SJC

Kenworth has the brand, Toyota has the technology.

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