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Volvo found testing its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks

Volvo found testing its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks

Volvo Trucks has reportedly begun testing its vehicles that run on hydrogen-powered fuel cells, whose range is expected to increase by up to 1,000 kilometers or about 621 miles.

Gothenburg-based truck-maker cited that the vehicles can be refueled within 15 minutes vehicles and the fuel cells will be supplied by cellcentric, a 50:50 joint venture between the Volvo Group AB and Daimler Truck AG that was formed back in March 2021.

Notably, customer pilot programs are expected to commence in the forthcoming years, while commercialization is scheduled for the latter part of this decade.

President of Volvo Trucks Roger Alm stated that hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks are a suitable choice for long distances, heavy-duty, and energy-demanding missions. The company has also produced battery-electric trucks and expects to witness significant growth in this business space.

For those unaware, the truck manufacturing division of Volvo Group is currently focusing on zero-emission technologies, facing competition from automotive giants like Daimler Truck and Tesla Inc., both of which are reportedly in the process of manufacturing electric trucks.

Following in the footsteps of Volvo Trucks, Daimler trucks is also focusing on producing both hydrogen and battery-electric vehicles as the use of both technologies is claimed to be beneficial in different scenarios.

Despite the enthusiasm about the possibility of hydrogen-powered vehicles, there are some notable barriers interlacing with the expansion of the sector, including the large-scale supply of green hydrogen and establishing a refueling infrastructure for heavy trucks.

According to International Energy Agency, hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier with a diverse range of applications that can be deployed in a broad spectrum of industries. Hydrogen can be produced by either electrolysis, electric current splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, or fossil fuels.

Source credits:

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/20/volvo-has-started-testing-trucks-with-fuel-cells-powered-by-hydrogen.html

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