H2-Powered Class 8 Truck Commences Trial at LA Ports


Tyrano, an H2-powered Class 8 truck

The Port of Long Beach and Vision Motor Corporation of El Segundo, California entered into an agreement in November 2010, to develop and demonstrate a hydrogen fuel cell/plug-in electric class 8 on-road truck, the Tyrano Freightliner,  and one (1) hydrogen fuel cell/plug-in electric zero-emission terminal tractor (ZETT), to be produced jointly by Vision and Capacity of Texas. Delivered on 22 July, the Tyrano will now carry out standard short-haul operations in the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Vision’s zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles will be tested to evaluate their suitability for short distance cargo-hauling (“drayage”) and terminal operations, with the Tyrano being tested by trucking operator Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI).  The truck, using a 536 HP engine creating 3,300 ft./lbs. of torque, draws its power from a battery kept recharged with H2 fuel cell.

(This article primarily compiled using information from a Vision Motor Corporation press release.)



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