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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Toyota Semi Truck Coming?



New Toyota trucks are one of the industry’s best-kept secrets. The Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra are capable on and off-road, just as capable of handling heavy work as they are a fun weekend away. There’s a new Toyota truck on the road ahead that you won’t find at Keyes Toyota, but that’s already revolutionizing trucking around Los Angeles.

The new Toyota truck isn’t a pickup. It’s a semi currently in testing in Port Los Angeles. It combines the lessons learned from Toyota pickup trucks with the same fuel cell vehicle technology that underpins the Toyota Mirai FCV. In short, the Toyota Motor Corporation is betting big on big rigs.

The test program, called Project Portal, aims to eventually replace the hundreds of high-pollution drayage trucks currently used at the port with FCVs. They don’t sacrifice power, but they’re quieter, cleaner, and more efficient.

Given that we already have Toyota trucks, forklifts, and other industrial-grade machinery (some of it through the company’s heavy industry subsidiaries like Hino), this is less of a stretch than it seems on the surface. Once the technology has proven itself, it’ll go from in-port intermodal transportation to wider use on the roads around Los Angeles and across the United States.


You may not be shopping for a semi, but you should welcome this news anyway. Why? Because even the technology in a Toyota vehicle you don’t own will make its way to consumers at your Los Angeles-area Toyota dealership, and then be copied by other manufacturers, eventually. In the meantime, why not see the best the company has to offer right now? Visit Keyes Toyota at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today. 

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