General Motors is excited about the future of hydrogen fuel cells, and not just for cars and trucks. GM has a “land, sea, air” strategy for the technology, fuel cell development chief Charles Freese told Trucks.com.
US Hybrid will enter the fuel cell truck effort with a Class 8 drayage truck for a test program at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Toyota and Kenworth also are testing Class 8 fuel cell drayage trucks there.
Kenworth will launch an electric-powered hydrogen fuel cell drayage truck this year and several natural gas-electric hybrid drayage trucks in 2018 as it continues developing low- and zero-emission alternatives to diesel trucks.
As UPS launches the world’s first Class 6 hydrogen fuel cell delivery truck it will also test an unusual type of electric motor.
UPS will launch the first medium-duty delivery van powered by a hydrogen fuel cell electric drive system as it continues pressing for development of cleaner vehicles.
Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses are part of California’s plan to substantially reduce air pollution and the state has just announced a $12.5 million grant to get five more on the road.
Toyota’s launch of a heavy-duty, hydrogen fuel-cell truck project at the Port of Los Angeles has been greeted with cheers from environmentalists but raised eyebrows from wary commercial trucking industry representatives.
Toyota North America starts testing “Project Portal” hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck in a secret project to make an economic case for zero-emission fuel cell technology in Class 8 commercial trucks.
If Toyota Motor Co. is successful in using its “Project Portal” to build a competitive Class 8 fuel cell truck, it could look at smaller delivery and work trucks next. And there’s a hydrogen pickup in the mix as well.