The Japanese automaker took the wraps off Project Portal on Wednesday at an event held at the Port of Los Angeles. Project Portal is a fuel cell based tractor trailer. It uses power from two hydrogen fuel cell stacks that feed a 12 kWh battery pack and an electric powertrain. The semi truck spews out 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound of torque.
"Other automakers are trying to accomplish the same thing we are trying to accomplish: how do you produce the capability to produce work for society but lower the impact for the environment?" said Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales at Toyota North America, in an interview with TheStreet.
Before Toyota could bring this big rig into practical use, however, it must solve for towing a weight of more than 80,000 pounds. After all, the truck doesn't have a powerful diesel engine.
Editor's Pick: Originally published April 20.