Toyota is proving that its new hydrogen fuel-cell powered big rig is not only clean, but also powerful.
The brand released video footage of its new truck, called Project Portal, drag racing a standard diesel-powered semi, both loaded to 35,000 pounds. As you can see in the video, it’s not even close, with Project Portal taking off from the diesel big rig.
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That is thanks to its 670 horsepower and 1,325 lb-ft of torque, all of which can be put out instantly because Project Portal is powered by electricity, generated by that hydrogen fuel cell. The truck also doesn’t need to bother with a transmission, as it has a fixed ratio of 15.5:1, allowing it to pull up to 80,000 pounds at legal interstate speeds. That is very much unlike the diesel truck, which has to navigate through over a dozen gear ratios.
For now, Project Portal is being used by the Los Angeles port for short haul jobs in order to test its capabilities.
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