Volvo testing hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks with range of 1,000 kilometers

Volvo is testing a new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks, that is claimed to be capable of delivering up to 1,000 kilometers of range and can be refueled in under 15 minutes. Volvo’s commercial trucking division has been developing the hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks for some years me now, said company president Roger Alm. The development of the truck is a joint venture between Volvo and Daimler Truck Automotive Group and the fuel cells are built by CellCentric.

“It feels great to see the first trucks successfully running on the test track. The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will enable our customers to completely eliminate COexhaust emissions from their trucks, no matter transport assignments,” Alm added.

The statement further added that “The fuel cell electric trucks will have an operational range comparable to many diesel trucks – up to 1000 km – and a refueling time of less than 15 minutes.”

As per the company, the total weight can be around 65 tons or even higher. The company has claimed that the two fuel cells have the capacity to generate 300 kW of electricity onboard.

Alm stated that “Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.”

The company started building battery-electric trucks in 2018, but they still are not widely in service in the US, said Alm. Now with hydrogen fuel cell trucks, he expects growth in the supply of clean hydrogen in the next couple of years.

According to the company, the Customer pilots of the Hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks will start in a few years from now and will be available for sale in the latter part of this decade.

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