UK’s first zero emission hydrogen-electric truck revealed at CV Show

20 April 2023 #Truck

Emerging zero emission truck developer Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) unveiled its new 40-tonne HGV as it bids to put the first British designed and built hydrogen-electric truck on UK roads.

HVS revealed the demonstrator vehicle at the CV Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday, with a powertrain that uses a fuel cell and energy storage system to deliver electricity to an electric motor, which then transmits power to the wheels. It also uses the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to capture energy while braking and slowing down.

It means that the truck has a range of 370 miles and can refuel in around 20 minutes, similar to diesel.

In addition to zero tailpipe emissions, the hydrogen-electric powertrain improves fuel efficiency using HVS’s advanced control system SEMAS, and enables improved spatial ergonomics within the cab, such as better access for the driver and more room at the controls.

HVS, headquartered in Glasgow, is currently planning to open an R&D, engineering and pilot production facility alongside a permanent UK-based production facility. While today it has around 600 employees, it is expected that, with government targets to phase out non-zero emission HGVs between 2035 and 2040, it will employ an additional 10,000 people in Britain’s supply chain in the coming decades, boosting the UK’s net zero skills base.

Jawad Khursheed, HVS Chief Executive, said: “This technology demonstrator showcases our ground-breaking hydrogen-electric commercial vehicle design and advanced powertrain technology. Our zero emission trucks are a key part of decarbonising the logistics sector.

“Hydrogen is the perfect fuel for the haulage industry, offering long ranges and quick refuelling thanks to stations being easily integrated into existing key transport networks. What’s more, we will supply our customers with the most advanced HGV in the sector, delivering a step change in driving experience and efficiency.”

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