She has taken the next step towards the future of non-emission trucks. The new introduced at the Car Center in northern Michigan, with the internal designation "Beta", extends the capabilities of the first Project Portal test truck by extending the journey to more than 480 km per filling.
It also offers greater versatility and maneuverability thanks to a new sleeping cabin and a unique fuel cabinet, which has increased the space for the crew without prolonging the rifle.
The Project Portal "Alpha" truck has passed nearly 16,000 test kilometers with a trailer since its launch in April 2017. It was under realistic conditions of short-haul transport in the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports and their surroundings. Except for water vapor, it did not produce any emissions. A short-distance ride will begin this autumn, increasing the freight-free freight capacity in these ports and again contributing to reducing the environmental impact of transport.
Longer driving and improved processes
Project Portal 2.0 takes advantage of the experience gained since the launch of Alpha in 2017. The first heavy truck was the result of Toyota project teamwork and gradually transformed from the original concept into a full-fledged short-haul truck over the course of a single year. The engineers and technicians in this demanding project have adapted cable harnesses, electronics and other components of two Mirai series fuel cell vehicles. The goal was to create one of the world's first heavy-duty trucks with zero emissions.
The results of their work are surprising. The Alpha truck, with a capacity of more than 493 kW (670 hp), with a total weight of approximately 36,300 kg and a maximum of 320 km per filling, has a torque of 1800 Nm. Two sets of Mirai fuel cells and a 12 kWh battery are behind. Torque and performance values remain the same for the Project Portal Beta, but they have been able to extend vehicle performance while improving other key parameters.
The whole Project Portal project has been in the spirit of Toyota's innovative traditions, dating back to the time of its entry into the automotive world. A1, the first sedan from Toyota, came about in the same way as the original Project Portal truck - through experiments, attempts, and mistakes, including a lot of effort. After finishing in 1935, the A1 sedan was tested by Kiičirom Toyoda, founder of the company and then turned to the first commercially offered Toyoda AA.
In the same spirit, the knowledge gained from the development of the first freight vehicle has been used to create Project Portal 2.0, which is more sophisticated and offers better functionality and capabilities. Toyota is also committed to supporting the development of a consumer-focused hydrogen infrastructure in the future in order to make full use of the potential of fuel cell vehicles.
H2 drop in the sea
In the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles today, more than 16,000 trucks are produced that produce harmful emissions. It is expected that this number will increase. In all US ports, more than 43,000 trucks are used for short-haul transport, which negatively affects the production of large amounts of carcinogens, solid particles from diesel engines and other pollutants emitted into the air in ports and their environs.
"The purpose of developing the first costly vehicle was to find out if we could do what we could," commented Craig Scott, senior manager of Toyota's electrified vehicle and technology office in North America. "This time we focus on commercial viability. We want to achieve a significant difference in terms of air quality not only in the LA region but also across the US and around the world."
This is not the end of a truck
Toyota's new truck follows the Toyota Strategic Program "Environmental Challenge 2050" to eliminate CO2 emissions produced by Toyota Logistics Services at Long Beach. Toyota has previously announced the construction of the Tri-Gen plant, which will be the world's first-megawatt fuel cell fueled fuel cell, including a hydrogen pumping station. The plant, based on 100% renewable fuel, will use agricultural waste to produce water, electricity, and hydrogen.