On April 19, Toyota launched Project Portal, which replaces diesel “dray” trucks at the Port of Los Angeles with special 670-horsepower Kenworth T-660s sporting not one but two fuel cells from the company’s Mirai.
A few automakers are putting their money where their mouth is, but the rest lags behind.
Under the joint venture Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, Honda and General Motors will each invest $42.5 million, hire 100 workers, and in 2020 begin producing the cells they developed at a GM factory in Michigan.
Loop Energy eFlow fuel cells were debuted this month in the form of a 56-kilowatt range-extender (REX) power module for heavy-duty electric trucks. Loop was formed in 2000, but only turned toward commercializing its fuel cells four years ago.
Corporate America is embracing fuel cells—large stationary applications that generate low-cost, clean electricity, and sometimes have side benefits.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires a careful look at the globe’s biggest car market.
Fuel-cell cars are becoming the affordable choice, and low lease prices are combining with incentives to offset purchase and a host of perks--such as free fuel.
The Mirai cars will be added to Brunel, a London-based ride-hailing business.