Volvo plans to test customers for fuel cell trucks in 2025

Volvo plans to test customers for fuel cell trucks in 2025

By Michael Elkins

Volvo (ST 🙂 is currently testing its fuel cell electric trucks that emit only water vapor and have an operating range similar to diesel trucks, up to 1,000 km. According to the administration, it will follow a second beta phase and will see customers tested on public roads.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will be suitable for long, heavy tasks that require energy. Fuel cell electricity can also be a sustainable option where battery charging infrastructure is limited.

Its fuel cell generates electricity from the hydrogen on board rather than charging it from an external source. The only by-product emitted is water vapor.

“I believe that the pilot tests will highlight the potential of fuel cell electric trucks. The tests will be conducted in a demanding and harsh climate and [they] It also gives us a great opportunity to drive heavy loads of up to 65 tons,” said Jessica Sandstrom, Senior Vice President of Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks.

Volvo electric trucks will use two fuel cells with a capacity to generate 300 kilowatts of power and the refueling period will be less than 15 minutes, according to a Volvo release on September 21.

Fuel cells for the Volvo pilot program will be provided by Cellcentric, the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck (ETR :). Cellcentric has been commissioned to build one of Europe’s largest production facilities for fuel cells, developed specifically for heavy-duty vehicles.

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

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