Toyota Could Implement Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology in Trucks
Known as its “Project Portal” program, Toyota is looking into the feasibility of using hydrogen fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.
Early on, it appeared that the company would focus most its efforts on implementing this technology in passenger vehicles, such as the Mirai. However, as of late, it’s become more obvious that it has its sights set on other applications, including the truck industry.
Progress is Underway
A recent Trucks.com article notes that Toyota is launching a study this summer in an attempt to better understand the feasibility of fuel cell technology in heavy duty trucks.
In the same article, Craig Scott, senior manager of advanced technology marketing at Toyota North America, noted the following:
“We’ve done pretty wide local studies into which classes are needed in what parts of the world, and it is natural that fuel cell trucks could find their way into Class 5 and 6 delivery and work trucks in some parts the U.S. as well as in Europe and Japan.”
Scott, along with Toyota as a whole, believes that using hydrogen fuel cell technology in the heaviest class of trucks will prove that it can be implemented in almost every type of vehicle.
While there is a lot of work to be done, Toyota is already on the right track. It recently rolled out a fuel cell transit bus in Japan, with 100 planned for the country before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive.
It takes a long time for this type of technology to be tested. It takes even longer for it to become mainstream. Toyota is aware of the challenges of using hydrogen fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications, but the groundwork is already in place. Now, it’s time to see how “Project Portal” progresses in the months and years to come.
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