Toyota showcases second-gen zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck

Toyota showcases second-gen zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck

In a move which marks the launch of Toyota’s second-generation zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 electric truck, the automaker has recently unveiled Kenworth T680 prototype truck in Traverse City, Michigan.

The introduction of the new zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck by Toyota underscores a noteworthy advance by the automaker towards the creation of a fully environmentally-friendly electric vehicle which can reduce the levels of air pollution, particularly around the ports in the US.

The second-generation version -- Version 2.0 -- of the zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck by Toyota is called ‘Beta.’ The first-generation model of the truck, which has been under testing by the automaker for over one year, is called ‘Alpha.’

With Toyota already having logged approximately 10,000 miles for the Alpha version during its testing at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the automaker is now planning to commence a similar testing of the Beta version as well, in the coming months.

According to the details shared by Toyota about the Beta version of the new zero-emissions Class 8 electric truck, the truck is equipped with two electric motors capable of delivering 675 horsepower and 1,327 pound-feet of torque. The truck boasts a 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack, along with the addition of a Kenworth T680 low-roof 40-inch sleeper cab and a redesigned hydrogen-fuel cabinet combination for increased cab space.

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