IVECO, FPT Industrial and VDL ETS to develop fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks for European markets as part of the H2Haul project
Leading European heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, fuel cell suppliers, and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure providers announce a collaboration to develop and test fleets of zero emission trucks and hydrogen refuelling stations.
Today a European consortium announced the launch of the H2Haul project in which major European manufacturers IVECO, FPT Industrial powertrain producer and VDL ETS will design, build, and test three new types of fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks, including rigid and articulated vehicles up to 44 tonnes. Fuel cell systems for the vehicles will be produced in Europe by three different suppliers – ElringKlinger (DE), Hydrogenics (DE), and Powercell (SE) – and the project will make a significant contribution towards preparing the market for further deployment of the technology in the 2020s and contribute to the 2030 EU CO2 reduction target attainment.
A total of 16 vehicles will be tested in real-world operations at sites in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The innovative hydrogen refuelling stations to be deployed will offer rapid, high capacity fuelling and thus support the demonstration of how fuel cell trucks can operate as direct replacements for diesel vehicles, with the equivalent driving range and load capacity, but with zero emissions. The project, coordinated by Element Energy, has been made possible by a grant of €12 million from the European Commission via the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
The project consortium also includes the following organisations: Air Liquide, Eoly, H2 Energy, Hydrogen Europe, IRU Projects, THINKSTEP, WaterstofNet.
For further information on the H2Haul project, please visit www.h2haul.eu.