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The truck of the future?

Zero emissions and good-looking: Toyota’s fuel cell-powered “Beta” truck started comprehensive tests this fall

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It is said to manage up to 300 miles (482 kilometers) on a single tank: the “Beta” truck, which Toyota began testing in freight transport this fall, is powered by zero-emission fuel cells. The range has thus been boosted by around 100 miles (161 kilometers) over its predecessor, the “Alpha.” The Japanese automotive manufacturer began tests on the Alpha in April 2017 as part of its “Project Portal.” The truck’s tank is filled with hydrogen, from which the fuel cells on the truck generate electrical energy to power the vehicle. These trucks emit nothing but water vapor. Whether the future really belongs to fuel cell-powered trucks, as many are hoping, remains to be seen. But one thing is already certain: Toyota’s “Beta,” which is based on a Kenworth model T680, is a real eye-catcher!


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