What is said to be the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck rolled through roads in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently.
Vision Industries delivered the truck to Total Transportation Services, a national trucking company, at the end of July to be tested in California ports. The truck will do short-haul routes typical of the other trucks currently operating in the ports in the coming six months.
The truck is powered by a battery that is recharged by hydrogen fuel cell, which generates electricity form a reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. The truck emits no combustion or air pollution. Vision Industries owns proprietary technology that combines the acceleration of a battery powered electric vehicle with the extended range of a hydrogen fuel cell.
If everything goes well in the testing phase, Total Transportation has agreed to buy a fleet of 100 of the zero-emission trucks for a cost of $27 million. Upon purchase, it will also have the option to buy another 300 trucks for an overall cost of $108 million.
The testing and potential purchase of a green transportation fleet is part of the port’s Technology Advancement Program, which is designed to encourage the commercialization of clean goods-movement vehicles and equipment.