Toyota unveils second-gen version of its zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 electric truck
Japanese automaker Toyota has introduced the second-generation version of its zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 electric truck. The Version 2.0 of Toyota’s zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck is called ‘Beta.’
To mark the introduction of the new Beta version of its zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck, Toyota recently unveiled the Kenworth T680 prototype truck in Traverse City, Michigan.
According to the details shared by Toyota, the range of the Beta version of the truck will be over 300 miles per charge. As such, the second-generation truck will essentially have the ability to offer a range of at least 100 miles more than the automaker’s current all-electric test vehicle.
With Toyota already having logged almost 10,000 miles of real-world drayage operations during the ongoing testing of its previous-model Alpha at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles for over one year, the automaker plans to commence similar operations with the new Beta version also, later in 2018.
Highlighting the fact that the Alpha model was being tested to confirm whether Toyota could achieve zero-emissions with its first truck, Craig Scott -- Toyota’s senior manager for the North American Electrified Vehicle and Technologies Office -- said that the automaker is considering the “commercial viability” aspect with the truck’s Beta version, in order to make a “significant difference” to air quality worldwide.
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