One day all trucks will be like this…Maybe says Tachoblog but this is certainly something interesting and it’s good to see a working prototype.
With US Government subsidies of $2 Billion to replace 16,800 short haul diesel trucks over the next 4 years in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Vision Industries Corp. have developed the Tyrano zero emission plug-in electric/hydrogen fuel cell heavy duty class 8 truck.
According to the company, Tyrano is 35% cheaper to operate than current diesel powered trucks and 50% cheaper than liquefied natural gas. Last week the prototype truck completed the second stage of performance testing at the L.A. Freightliner facilities in Whittier, CA.
Lawrence Weisdorn, COO of Vision, stated, “The second stage testing consisted of payload and speed evaluations. We are very pleased to confirm that our drive train is more powerful than required for the full class 8 heavy duty truck rating for an 80,000 lbs GVW. Our engineers also determined that we will have to electronically limit the engine torque to 1,800 foot pounds and to govern the top speed at 70 MPH. We are very excited about the results to date, and our performance testing will now continue with range and fuel efficiency evaluations.”
Below are two videos that show the Tyrano in action on its test.