Volvo’s industrial trucking division is screening hydrogen gasoline cell semi vehicles in the hopes of having ahead of the maturing technologies. With gas cells constructed by CellCentric, a joint undertaking concerning Volvo and Daimler Truck Automotive Group, Volvo promises its trucks are able of 1,000 kilometers of range (about 621 miles) and can be refueled in below 15 minutes.
Volvo Vehicles has been “developing this technological innovation for some decades now,” reported corporation president Roger Alm in a statement this week. Hydrogen fuel cells will be suitable for extensive-distance hauling and could perform in international locations with limited battery charging infrastructure, Alm claimed. The corporation begun developing battery-electrical vans in 2018, but they even now are not widely in company in the US. Now with hydrogen gas cell trucks, Alm says he expects development in the supply of thoroughly clean hydrogen in the subsequent couple of years.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars and battery electric powered motor vehicles (BEV) are identical in that they are equally propelled by an electrical motor, but the former generates its electrical power from the compressed hydrogen it carries, while the latter merchants electrical energy produced from the region electrical power grid. Both equally systems are emissions-free of charge “at the tailpipe,” indicating that they do not emit any carbon in motion. But there can be substantial emissions introduced relying on the process of transporting hydrogen gas to stations, although BEVs are as clean as the energy grid it depends on — which can fluctuate from green resources like solar or soiled sources like coal.
A hurdle for hydrogen fuel cell autos continues to be the scarce availability of refueling stations. Currently, there are much less than 60 stations operational in the US, and all of them are in California. And according to the California Fuel Cell Partnership web page, the range of hydrogen gasoline stations will improve to just around 100 areas by mid-2023.
The most practical use scenario for hydrogen gas cell autos is professional trucking. With Volvo’s new truck, the firm joins automakers like Toyota, which spearhead the tech in commercial and passenger application, and also GM, which is functioning with Navistar on a 500-furthermore miles semi and is also using the tech to establish mobile energy stations.