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Kenworth T680 FCEV truck reaches summit of Pikes Peak

David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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A new video features the zero-emissions Kenworth T680 fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) on the road to the 14,115-ft. summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado.

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Kenworth says it worked closely with Toyota Motor North America R&D on the summit attempt. The Kenworth T680 FCEV features a Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain offering 470 HP, along with a 350-mile range with a 15-minute refill time.

“While the average gradient on the 4,700-ft. elevation gain to the summit is just over 7%, there are long sections at 10% or more. The Kenworth T680 FCEV had plenty of power on the hill climb, performed well at extreme altitude, and exhibited excellent drivability through the 156 twisting turns and switchbacks,” said Brian Lindgren, Kenworth research and development director.

Kenworth and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating on a program to develop a total of 10 zero-emissions Kenworth T680 FCEVs with the Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain for service with customers at the Port of Los Angeles.

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The effort is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Port of Los Angeles Shore to Store project.

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