The first hydrogen fuel cell electric utility tractor rig (UTR) has been unveiled by Toyota and Fenix Marine Services.
Developed by Toyota engineers and deployed at the Fenix terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, the UTR prototype, also known as ‘UNO’, has been in use at the Fenix container terminal for the last month.
“We view the hydrogen fuel cell electric UTR ‘UNO’ as an expansion of our Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 heavy duty truck development,” said Andrew Lund, Chief Engineer of Product Development at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development.
“We appreciate the support of the Port of LA and Fenix Marine Services to allow us to demonstrate another application of Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric technology.”
The UNO is powered by the same modular fuel cell foundation as Toyota’s zero emission Mirai electric passenger cars and Project PORTAL electric semi-truck prototypes.
“The UNO deployment demonstrates how cutting-edge environmental technology and maritime operations are not mutually exclusive,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.
“This deployment is hopefully the first of many zero and near-zero emissions platforms throughout the facility,” said Scott Schenfeld, General Manager of Fenix’s Terminal Development Group.
The deployment of the UTR at Fenix’s terminal, located at Pier 300 in the Port of LA, coincides with the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan goals.