Toyota’s partnership with Air Liquide is shifting gears and vehicel: Toyota engineers recently took on a Kenworth, a vanilla-looking semi, took out the 2×4-like shifter put in a fuel-cell stack, built a custom storage container for four high-pressure hydrogen tanks (3000 km range)  and two 6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteries. An 670 HP electric motor with  1,325 lb-feet of torque  as a power train compares to a 600 HP Cummins diesel in an ordinary T660. Toyota is planning a 4000 truck hydrogen refuelling facility, the largest station in the world. Filling time is 25 min for a 300 km drive.

Last miles can also be delivered in the new Daimler Sprinter F-CELL, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans: “We will offer every commercial range with an electric drive – starting this year with the eVito and in 2019 with the eSprinter. With these, we will already cover many, but not all, use cases with a zero-local-emissions powertrain. For this reason, we are enhancing our eDrive@VANs strategy with fuel-cell drive, which offers substantial medium-term opportunities, especially in long-distance operation – regardless of whether a fuel-cell vehicle is used as a motorhome or in other commercial applications” . The potential of this technology is undisputed. That applies above all to comparatively large vans with a need for long range and short refuelling times. Our analyses demonstrate that the fuel cell can represent a sensible expansion of the powertrain line-up in a number of different applications in both the commercial and private arenas. The Concept Sprinter F-CELL provides an insight today into the possibilities of the future”.