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Toyota to Develop Kenworth Hydrogen Trucks for the Port of Los Angeles

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will support the implementation of a new zero-emissions program at the Port of Los Angeles with $41 million preliminary funding approved the end of the week.
Toyota hydrogen-powered truck presented in July 1 photo
The program is called Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) and has been developed together with Toyota, Kenworth, and Shell. The main goal set out by the involved parties is to create a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric network that will contribute to low emissions freight transportation at the Port of Los Angeles.

As part of the CARB funding, Toyota will develop together with Kenworth ten hydrogen fuel-cell-electric Class 8 on-road trucks, based on the truck maker's T680 platform. As soon as they are ready, the trucks will be used to transport cargo from the port to the Riverside County, the Port of Hueneme, and eventually to Merced.

Additionally, Shell will build two large capacity heavy-duty hydrogen fueling stations in Wilmington and Ontario, California. These two new stations will bring the number of such facilities in the region to a total of five.

“We are proud to team with the Port of Los Angeles, Kenworth and Shell and the operating partners to explore the benefits of a true zero-emissions heavy-duty truck platform and to support the development of a heavy-duty hydrogen fueling network in California,” said in a statement Toyota North America vice president Bob Carter.

“These trucks add to our growing portfolio of fuel-cell-electric vehicles as we lead the industry in expanding electrification through the use of this advanced, versatile, and scalable zero-emissions technology.”

This new development in Toyota's hydrogen research program comes a month after the Japanese unveiled the new hydrogen-powered Class 8 truck at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.

As per Toyota's claims, the range of the truck is somewhere in the 300 miles range.

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