Although hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been around since the 1960s, only in the last decade have they emerged as a potential solution to decarbonize heavy transport.
It’s the same, but better
Operating a hydrogen fuel cell truck or bus is comparable to a conventional vehicle, offering fast refuelling and a similar pay load and driving range, yet importantly fuel cell vehicles are zero emission, more energy efficient and provide a smooth and near silent driving experience.
Hyzon’s Chief Strategy Officer explains how similar the re-fuelling process is to conventional diesel trucks.
“The way of refuelling is very similar…Vehicles pull up and connect the dispenser, take their fuel and move on, so the overall footprint required to build a hydrogen station is not much larger than what you would see for gasoline stations”, Rob said.
Just as powerful
Hyzon’s fuel cells are as powerful as diesel vehicles with the added benefit of zero emissions.
Diesel has an energy density of 45.5 megajoules per kilogram (MJ/kg), slightly lower than gasoline, which has an energy density of 45.8 MJ/kg. By contrast, hydrogen has an energy density of approximately 120 MJ/kg, almost three times more than diesel or gasoline. What this really means is that 1 kg of hydrogen, used in a fuel cell to power an electric motor, contains approximately the same energy as a gallon of diesel (rmi.org).
Quick re-fuelling times
Quick refuelling is one of the key benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Our trucks and buses can typically be refuelled in 15-20 minutes.
Hydrogen uses a fuelling infrastructure that’s similar to conventional trucks. This means that hydrogen-powered vehicles could be refuelled at existing truck stops and the fuelling experience would be similar.
Hyzon’s Chief Strategy Officer, Rob Del Core explains the benefits of using hydrogen fuel.
“The benefit of using hydrogen is you’re getting long range, fast fuelling time and there’s the added benefit that hydrogen comes from a wide variety of sources”, Rob said.
Take a look inside
Hyzon’s Sales Manager for Europe, Andre Lagendijk recently gave our viewers an in-depth look through one of our trucks. Watch below.
The time is now
The time for hydrogen is now. Why?
We are seeing increased regulatory pressure and industry demand. A handful of cities around the world have already implemented bans on petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 or 2035 (or signalled their intention to do so).
Nine countries within the EU are pushing to ban petrol and diesel cars, as it aims towards carbon neutrality.
Denmark and the Netherlands have been leading the push, with support from Austria, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta.
“We have to accelerate the green transition of road transport and as legislators send clear signals to car manufacturers and consumers across the EU,” Danish climate minister Dan Jorgensen recently said.