Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Providers to Develop Class 6 Fuel Cell Electric Trucks

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The trucks will be powered by Hexagon Purus' electric drivetrain and hydrogen storage system solutions and Ballard's fuel cell module, the FCmove (shown). - Photo: Ballard

The trucks will be powered by Hexagon Purus’ electric drivetrain and hydrogen storage system solutions and Ballard’s fuel cell module, the FCmove (shown).

Photo: Ballard

Hexagon Purus and Ballard Power Systems are collaborating to produce Class 6 and Class 7 fuel cell electric truck. The trucks will be powered by Hexagon Purus’ electric drivetrain and hydrogen storage system solutions and Ballard’s fuel cell module.

The first prototype of the hydrogen truck will be delivered in the second quarter of 2022.

The truck will provide a range of over 400 miles and refueling times comparable to conventional trucks, Ballard officials said in a press release.

Ballard’s eight generation of the fuel cell module, the FCmove, will provide a zero-emissions electric power source. Hexagon Purus’ lightweight Type 4 hydrogen storage systems, high energy density ProPack battery storage, and fully integrated electrified accessory systems will deliver efficient and long range zero-emissions power for electrified commercial vehicles, company officials said.

The company said the truck is expected to enter California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) eligible vehicle list in 2022. First fleet deployments will be in and around the Los Angeles Basin area.

“Our goal is to drive energy transformation through zero emission mobility solutions. We look forward to leveraging our extensive experience in lightweight, reliable and safe hydrogen storage and battery electric drivetrain systems, and together with Ballard, pave the way to zero emission commercial transport,” says Todd Sloan, executive vice president of Hexagon Purus. 

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