Volvo Trucks will begin customer testing of fuel cell trucks in 2025

Volvo Trucks is testing fuel cell electric trucks that emit only water vapor and have a range comparable to diesel trucks, up to 1,000 km. A second pilot phase will follow in a few years and will see customer trials on public roads.

Trials of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial traffic will begin in 2025 with selected customers in Northern Europe, followed by additional trucks in other countries over the coming years.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks will be particularly suitable for long-haul and heavy-duty fuel-intensive missions. They might also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.

Jessica SandstromSvP Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks.

I think the pilot tests will highlight the potential of fuel cell electric trucks.

“The tests will take place in a demanding and rigorous climate and this will also give us an excellent opportunity to drive with heavy loads up to 65 tonnes”,

The focus of the pilot tests will be to examine all different aspects of the truck’s operation, including functional components, handling and driver experience.

A fuel cell generates its own electricity from on-board hydrogen instead of being charged from an external source. The only by-product emitted is water vapour. Volvo’s electric trucks will use two fuel cells with a generating capacity of 300 kW and have a refueling time of less than 15 minutes.

Fuel cell technology is still in its early stages of development, and while there are many benefits, some challenges remain, including the large-scale supply of green hydrogen* and the need to develop a refueling infrastructure. To overcome the lack of hydrogen available during the execution of the pilots, the refueling of green hydrogen from renewable sources will be done at the home-depot.

“We expect the supply of green hydrogen to increase significantly over the next two years as many industries will depend on it to reduce CO2 emissions. Fuel cell trucks will be important for longer hauls and heavier in a few years,” says Jessica Sandström.

The fuel cells will be supplied by cellcentric, the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG. Cellcentric will build one of Europe’s largest series production facilities for fuel cells, specially developed for heavy vehicles.

Volvo Trucks will begin customer trials of fuel cell trucks in 2025, September 20, 2022

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