Friday, April 26, 2019

New Heavy Electric Truck for California

By Karen Robes Meeks

Toyota, Kenworth, the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board unveiled the first fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck created jointly by Toyota and Kenworth, earlier this week. Ten trucks will be deployed as part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project.

According to the Port, this new version offers an estimated range of more than 300 miles per fill, twice that of a typical drayage trucks average daily duty cycle. It will move cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The project received $41 million in funding from CARB.

“This substantial climate investment by the state, matched by the project partners, will help speed up the number of zero-emission trucks in the California communities and neighborhoods where they are needed the most,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “It will provide a real world at-work demonstration of innovative heavy-duty fuel-cell electric technologies. The project offers a commercial solution to move cargo and freight around the state using zero-emission trucks and equipment that protect air quality and cut climate-changing emissions.”