Deployment of the first Superbus aims to realize longer driving ranges, reduced manufacturing costs, improved safety features, and emission-free driving, Hyzon states.
- HYZON Motors and WarpForge sign joint MoU with transportation company Australian Transit Group for the deployment of first SuperBus on an Australian road
- The SuperBus aims to realize longer driving ranges, reduced manufacturing costs, improved safety features, and emission-free driving
- ATG ultimately plans to decarbonize its 950-strong bus fleet across Australia and deploy the SuperBus across ATG operated bus routes
New York, USA; Perth, Australia–Hydrogen mobility and clean energy company HYZON Motors (“HYZON”) and Australian industrial technology company WarpForge Limited (“WarpForge”) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with transportation company Australian Transit Group (ATG) for the deployment of the first ‘SuperBus’ on Australian roads.
Under the collaboration, ATG will operate the SuperBus, which encompasses innovative composite material capabilities made possible through the recent co-development agreement between HYZON and WarpForge. The SuperBus aims to realize longer driving ranges, reduced manufacturing costs, improved safety features, and emission-free driving.
HYZON and WarpForge announced their collaboration in October 2020 to develop the prototype SuperBus at WarpForge’s facilities in Perth, Western Australia with work commencing in 2021. Through this new partnership with ATG, the companies will work together to introduce the vehicle into an ATG operated bus route in Western Australia.
SuperBus to use HYZON’s proven fuel cell systems delivering industry-leading efficiency
The SuperBus will be powered by HYZON’s proven PEM fuel cell designs, which have already been used in hundreds of commercial vehicles internationally, and which provide industry-leading efficiency, leading to lower hydrogen consumption in operation, and therefore lower cost of operation.
Hydrogen is emerging as a crucial component of the future energy landscape, including in the bus sector, as it offers the most attractive green solution for high utilization of heavy vehicles. The global heavy transport and equipment sector is fast becoming a key target for the implementation of clean energy alternatives.
Craig Knight, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HYZON Motors, commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with ATG, with operations across Australia and a 950-strong bus fleet presenting an exciting opportunity for HYZON and WarpForge to introduce our pioneering technology into the Australian bus market for the first time.”
We see this agreement as an important step in our journey to decarbonize the country’s bus fleets, the urgency of which is reflected in the recent Transport for NSW Expression of Interest targeting Zero Emission Bus trials that will ultimately lead to the replacement of the 8,000 transit buses in NSW.”
Brian Maloney, Executive Chairman of WarpForge, said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with an organization of the caliber of ATG with 20 years of experience in providing bus transport solutions nationwide and look forward to developing this partnership as we collaborate on introducing the SuperBus into Australian bus routes.
“Furthermore, by building the SuperBus here in Perth, this will also mean greater local job creation in the manufacturing and technology space.
“Progressive bus operators, such as ATG, are essential partners as we seek to disrupt the global mobility market with this next-generation zero-emission solution.”
Ben Doolan, Managing Director of ATG, said: “As a forward-thinking and environmentally-conscious provider of transport solutions, we view hydrogen as the optimum approach to decarbonizing the hard-to-abate bus sector.
“ATG is excited to collaborate with HYZON and WarpForge in this exciting SuperBus venture as we look to decarbonize our entire fleet of nearly 1000 buses and become a clear leader in green mobility services.”
BusWest is part of a 950 strong bus fleet ATG is planning to decarbonize.
HYZON Motors is a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks, buses, and coaches
Established as a spin-off from parent company Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, HYZON commercializes Horizon’s 17 years of fuel cell technology development for applications in the transportation sector.
Earlier this year, HYZON expanded existing operations by opening its Engineering Center in Rochester, New York. HYZON also launched its European operations in the Dutch city of Groningen with JV partner Holthausen Clean Technology. HYZON also announced an agreement with Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group in August 2020 to provide zero-emission buses for their Pilbara iron ore operations in Western Australia.
With production facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, HYZON expects to deliver several thousand fuel cell trucks and buses over the next three years. By the end of 2025, HYZON’s expected turn-key capacity will be more than 40,000 fuel cell commercial vehicles annually.
HYZON Motors Inc is a US-headquartered hydrogen vehicle company on a mission to help operators of heavy vehicles transition to cost-effective, zero-emission, sustainable operations. HYZON achieves this by offering attractive economics with no compromise on performance.
HYZON has made significant commercial progress in Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company anticipates its novel zero-emission mobility model will expand in global markets over the next few years.
WarpForge is an industrial technology company that has developed ground-breaking manufacturing technology and innovative alternative material to concrete, steel, and timber that is stronger, lighter, cheaper, and more importantly, intelligent. WarpForge is executing a strategy to build a global network of digitally connected transportation, logistics and infrastructure products that allows for commercialization of our data technologies to communicate among our future manufactured products (trucks, buses, sea containers, rail carriages) and with existing communications networks.
About Australian Transit Group
Australian Transit Management Pty is a transportation solutions company delivering high-quality services since 2003. ATG owns and operates approximately 950 buses. ATG’s reach is now beyond buses – the recent acquisition of Pilbara Car and Truck Rentals has enabled ATG to provide customers with flexible solutions to for all vehicle hire needs, including solutions for clients in the mining industry. While the ATG brand is now recognized in urban and regional centers around Australia, it remains a company that is focused on solving issues for clients at a local level. For more information on ATG