Watch Toyota's Fuel Cell Truck Drag Race a Diesel Big Rig

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

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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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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