Hyzon Motors supplies world’s heaviest hydrogen-powered truck

Hyzon Motors, the New York-based global supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles, has signed an agreement to supply what is expected to be the world’s heaviest zero-emissions truck on record, at twice the weight of the Space Shuttle. As a company focused on hydrogen fuel cells, Hyzon Motors has had an easy time earning headlines. Already this year[1] in Australia, Sydney-based Real Energy Corporation’s hydrogen division Pure Hydrogen Corpsigned an MOU  with Hyzon  Australia to collaborate on the development of an Australian network of hydrogen refuelling points. Similarly, a month later, Hyzon announced in February[2] that it had signed a merger agreement with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp to form a special purpose acquisition company in a deal reportedly worth £US2.7 billion (£A3.5 billion) – a relatively commonplace method for new-mobility companies to raise capital through an IPO.

A spin-off from Singapore based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Hyzon Motors now finds itself working hard to prove the value and worth of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, particularly in long haul and heavy-duty trucks. It said on July 1 that it had signed an MOU to supply to an unnamed European heavy-lift, transport, and rigging group, what is believed to be the world’s heaviest zero-emissions truck. The Hyzon hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck weighs in at 154-tonnes, fully loaded, and are considered to be the industry’s heaviest, providing 480-kilowatts of power.

“This technological development will demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can replace diesel for even the most heavy-duty needs,” said Hyzon CEO Craig Knight[3]. Hyzon didn’t reveal much more about the MoU, and as such it is difficult to tell precisely what truck Hyzon are referring to. According to the company’s own website[4] – which does not provide consistent weight information or measurements – it currently offers City & Coach buses, Medium Duty Trucks which weigh from 20,000-pounds to 50,000-pounds (9-tonnes to 22-tonnes), and Heavy Duty Trucks which weigh up to 50 tonnes (110,000-pounds).

So whether or not Hyzon’s new record announcement is referring to an unnamed vehicle, or one of its existing vehicles, is uncertain.

References

  1. ^ Already this year (thedriven.io)
  2. ^ announced in February (thedriven.io)
  3. ^ said Hyzon CEO Craig Knight (hyzonmotors.com)
  4. ^ company’s own website (hyzonmotors.com)