Class 8s With Fuel Cells Prove Mettle in Los Angeles-Area Test

Kenworth fuel cell-electric trucks
Toyota-Kenworth fuel cell-electric trucks participated in the shore-to-store initiative, part of the ongoing Zero- and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities project in the Los Angeles region. (Toyota Motor North America)

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Toyota Motor North America and Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., announced Class 8 fuel cell-electric vehicles are a potential zero-emission replacement for diesel-powered trucks.

The announcement is based on the findings of a recent shore-to-store project at the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles basin and the Inland Empire.

The 10-truck project’s goal was to nearly match the performance of diesel-powered drayage trucks while eliminating emissions to provide a sustainable solution in heavy-duty transportation, according to the companies. It was part of the ongoing and larger Zero- and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project in the region.

The baseline for the Toyota-Kenworth T680 FCEV truck was a 2017 diesel engine operating about 200 miles a day. The T680 FCEV has a range of about 300 miles when fully loaded to 82,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, and with no downtime between shifts for charging and the 15- to 20-minute fill time, the FCEVs could run multiple shifts a day and cover up to 400 to 500 miles, they noted.

The ZANZEFF project is anticipated to conclude later this year, the companies reported. Toyota, Kenworth and Shell (for hydrogen fueling stations) proposed the shore-to-store test, which was funded with a $41 million grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board.

“We clearly showed that hydrogen is a viable clean fuel capable of powering commercial transportation for customers, matching diesel performance in range and power,” Kenworth Chief Engineer Joe Adams said in a release, “with quick refueling for minimal downtime and smooth, quiet operation.” — Transport Topics

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