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Toyota announces fuel cell partnership with Kenworth

Kenworth Truck Company in partnership with Toyota Motor North America will build ten zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell trucks it was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Kenworth T680s will be powered by Toyota electric fuel cell powertrains and is part of a $US41 million Zero and Near Zero Emissions Freight Facilities grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board.

Part of a larger $US82 million program, the grant helps to facilitate plans to increase hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and facilitate operation of additional zero emissions cargo handling equipment in Los Angeles by 2020.

The fleet has been earmarked to transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and inland cities like Ontario and San Bernardino.

Notwithstanding water and steam, the trucks, with their all-electric hydrogen fuel cell powertrain will generate no emissions while also charging the lithium-ion batteries.

Power management systems will distribute the electrical power from the fuel cells to the trucks’ motors, batteries, brake air compressor, electrified power steering and other components.

Under normal drayage operating conditions the fuel cell electric powered Kenworth T680s should operate at a range of around 482 kilometres.

The goal, according to Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President, is to make a difference in society.

“The goal is to make a difference in society,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President. “To remove pollution and improve the air quality in and around the Port of Los Angeles.”

Toyota began trials of prototype fuel cell trucks around the Port of Los Angeles late 2017.

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