Toyota has renewed its dedication to hydrogen fuel-cell know-how for powering large Class 8 electrical vans, and with some advances it’s hoping to broaden their use to much more than the short-distance port obligation they’ve been doing up to now.

Because it’s at present delivering the primary of a bunch of 10 vans from a project announced nearly two years ago, Toyota confirmed that it is engaged on next-generation prototypes, once more primarily based on a Kenworth T680 chassis.

Toyota says that with the identical six hydrogen tanks and total capability as earlier efforts—that means a complete of 60 kg of hydrogen compressed at 10,000 psi—it will possibly now ship 300 miles of vary at a full load weight of 80,000 kilos.

The effectivity good points of those future vans are clearly due in a big half to Toyota’s next-generation fuel-cell system, which Toyota hasn’t but truly detailed. The brand new stack can also be what powers the newest 2021 Toyota Mirai, which is due for first deliveries this month. Toyota may even use the stack in a commercial-truck project with Hino to hit an estimated vary of 372 miles.

 2019 Project Portal Truck—Kenworth/PACCAR, at CES 2019

2019 Challenge Portal Truck—Kenworth/PACCAR, at CES 2019

“Our first prototype vans proved {that a} fuel-cell electrical powertrain was able to hauling heavy cargo every day,” stated Andrew Lund, the chief engineer at Toyota Motor North America R&D, in a launch. “These new prototypes not solely use production-intent {hardware}, they may even enable us to begin wanting past drayage into broader purposes of this confirmed know-how.”

To match the extent of progress, the present batch of vans have been additionally stated to have the ability to cowl as much as 300 miles (already up from the primary truck’s 200 miles), however Toyota made no claims that this was at peak payload.

 2019 Project Portal Truck--Kenworth/PACCAR

2019 Challenge Portal Truck–Kenworth/PACCAR

The vans being delivered make 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque by means of one giant drive motor, with a 4-speed automated transmission, and all the everyday diesel-truck ancillaries like brake air compressors and heating and cooling are transformed to electrical. Two 153-hp fuel-cell stacks and a 12-kwh battery pack assist deal with the bursts as much as cruising velocity the place that peak energy is required.

That effort, funded by California state businesses beneath a $41 million grant, follows up on an earlier Project Portal experiment with the Port of Los Angeles, and aimed to supply 10 such vans to be modified for transferring containerized freight to and from port. The primary two, delivered on Thursday, will go to the Ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seaside, whereas Toyota Logistics Companies and Southern Counties Specific will every get one. Three will go to UPS, two will go to Complete Transportation Companies, and Toyota Logistics Companies will get three.

Next-generation Toyota fuel-cell stack, in BMW i Hydrogen Next development vehicle (fuel-cell X5)

Subsequent-generation Toyota fuel-cell stack, in BMW i Hydrogen Subsequent improvement car (fuel-cell X5)

Though these vans have stacks from the 2020 Mirai, wanting forward Toyota goals to make use of extra of those stacks from the 2021 Mirai in truck purposes. And with the tease about vary good points, we’ve reached out to the corporate for extra particulars about what distinguishes this newest system, which is the lacking piece for seeing how these tasks match—or movement—collectively.