Toyota’s hydrogen-powered tractor shows off acceleration in race vs. diesel truck

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Updated Aug 10, 2018

Toyota last month announced it will begin testing this summer a hydrogen fuel-cell powered Class 8 tractor at Southern Cal ports. The rig, built off of a Kenworth T660 tractor, generates more than  670 hp and 1,325 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s powered by two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, giving the drayage truck more than 200 miles per fill under normal operation, the company says. The truck can haul loads up to 80,000 pounds, Toyota notes.

To tout the rig as a capable diesel replacement, Toyota shortly after debuting the tractor released the video below, showing a simulated drag race in which the Mirai-powered KW races a diesel-powered Kenworth. Both vehicles have a GVW of 35,000 pounds, according to the video. How does the hydrogen-powered rig compete? Check here video below to find out:

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