Toyota announced at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that they will partner with Kenworth, the American maker of medium and heavy-duty Class 8 trucks, in order to develop a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The new big rigs based on Kenworth’s T680 will be zero emission and will initially be deployed in greater Los Angeles.
“This is not just a science experiment; the goal is to make a difference in society, and to remove pollution and improve the air quality in and around the Port of Los Angeles,” said Toyota executive VP Bob Carter in a statement.
As part of a $41 million grant, the program will also fund two new Shell hydrogen fueling stations to support the rigs. With little infrastructure for fueling outside southern California, it could be difficult to expand the reach of these new rigs, but a successful pilot program could spur funding in new locations across the US.
The Kenworth T680s have a claimed range of more than 300 miles under normal hauling conditions.