TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday unveiled a second-generation of its proposed hydrogen fuel cell semi-truck, which it hopes can bring zero-emission to commercial vehicles.
The automaker showed the Class 8 truck, known as "Project Portal 2.0," at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. It comes with a driving range of more than 300 miles per fill, about 100 miles better than the first Project Portal semi, unveiled in April 2017.
The first truck, internally called "Alpha," has since logged 10,000 miles of tests in California. "Beta," the new truck, will begin tests this fall, the company said.
"By evaluating the first truck in our test facilities and on the actual roads in the LA area, we made a list of improvements for the Beta truck build process and performance enhancements," Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the project, said in a statement. "We needed to move beyond a proof of concept, which the first truck accomplished, to something that is not only better than the original but is also more commercially viable."