PACCAR and Toyota join forces to build a hydrogen truck

Will Shiers
January 29, 2019


Paccar showed an innovative hydrogen truck at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, the result of a collaboration
with Toyota.

A total of 10 Kenworth T680 trucks (pictured) are being built, all powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. They combine hydrogen gas and air to produce electricity that charges the lithium-ion batteries, which powers electric motors to move the trucks.

Power management systems apportion the electrical power from the fuel cells to the motors, batteries, and other components. The trucks, which are the product of a $41m (£32m) grant from the California Air Resources Board, have a range of more than 300 miles under normal operating conditions. They will operate in the Los Angeles area.

Kenworth director of project planning Stephen Olsen said: “It’s great to be working with Toyota. It is a reputable company with plenty of experience in the zero-emission landscape.”

Also taking pride of place on its stand was a zero-emission Peterbilt 220EV. The medium-duty truck, which uses the same Renault-built cab as the DAF LF, is powered by a pair of TransPower battery packs, totalling 148kWh.

It has a 100-mile range and a recharge time of 60 minutes when using a DC fast-charging system. The 220EV uses a Meritor Blue Horizon 2-speed drive eAxle. Six will go into service with an unnamed customer later this year.

The truck is assembled by Paccar in Sainte-Therese, Quebec, Canada.

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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