Toyota’s Project Portal Beta has an improved range compared to the previous model
Toyota has unveiled the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck.
The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill.
Beta’s predecessor, the Project Portal “Alpha” truck, has a driving range of more than 200 miles per fill using two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12-kWh battery. Alpha has logged nearly 10,000 miles of testing and real-world drayage operations in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while emitting nothing but water vapour.
Project Portal Beta maintains Alpha’s 1,325 pound-feet of torque and 670-plus horsepower while also enhancing versatility and manoeuvrability with the addition of a sleeper cab and a unique fuel cabinet combination that further increases cab space without increasing wheelbase.
The Beta vehicle will begin drayage operations in autumn, increasing the ports’ zero emission trucking capacity and further reducing the environmental impact of drayage operations.
“By evaluating the first truck in our test facilities and on the actual roads in the LA area, we made a list of improvements for the Beta truck build process and performance enhancements,” said chief engineer for the project Andrew Lund. “We needed to move beyond a proof of concept, which the first truck accomplished, to something that is not only better than the original but is also more commercially viable.”
Over 16,000 pollution-emitting trucks are working in Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, a number that is estimated to balloon to 32,000 by 2030.
More than 43,000 drayage trucks are in operation at ports across the US, contributing significant amounts of carcinogens, diesel particulate matter (DPM) and other pollutants into the air of port communities and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Project Portal is a continuation of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions from its Toyota Logistics facility at the Port of Long Beach.
Toyota has previously announced the construction of the Tri-Gen facility which will be the first megawatt-sized carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with hydrogen fuelling in the world.
The 100% renewable plant will use agricultural waste to generate water, electricity, and hydrogen that will support Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) operations at the Port of Long Beach.