Volvo is showcasing its new zero-emissions truck which uses a Volvo/Daimler fuel cell testing its feasibility for long distance road transport. The fuel cell has been developed by Cellcentric, the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck.
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. This should be especially interesting to future truck operators in Australia, where the tyranny of distance will make pure electric trucks problematic on many freight tasks.
Cellcentric says it will build one of Europe’s largest series production facilities for fuel-cells, specially developed for heavy vehicles.
This video shows the first public use of this new fuel cell technology, as part of Volvo’s zero emission development program.
The only emission the truck produces is water vapour, producing its own electricity onboard, with a potential range up to 1000km.
Volvo already offers battery electric trucks says that in the second half of this decade, this CO2-neutral option will be added to its product portfolio, fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen.
“We have been developing this technology for some years now, and it feels great to see the first trucks successfully running on the test track,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. “The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will enable our customers to completely eliminate CO2 exhaust emissions from their trucks, no matter transport assignments.”
The fuel cell electric trucks will have an operational range comparable to many diesel trucks and a refuelling time of less than 15 minutes. In Europe Volvo says the GCM can reach 65 tonnes or even higher, and the two fuel cells currently have the capacity to generate 300 kW (408hp) of power from the electricity generated by the fuel cell.
Customer trials will start in a few years from now and commercialisation is planned for the latter part of this decade.
“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,” said Roger Alm.