Volvo Trucks Tests Hydrogen-Powered Electric Trucks  - Diversified Communications

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 8, 2023

Volvo Trucks Tests Hydrogen-Powered Electric Trucks 

Volvo Trucks tested its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks on public roads for the first time. The tests were conducted above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden in an extremely cold climate.

“Trucks are operating seven days a week and in all types of weather. The harsh conditions on public roads in northern Sweden, with ice, wind and lots of snow, make an ideal testing environment,” said Helena Alsiö, VP of Powertrain Product Management at Volvo Trucks, in a statement. “I am pleased to say that the tests are going well, confirming tests we carried out beforehand, both digitally and on our confined test track close to Gothenburg.”

Fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen can be used for longer distances and when using only batteries is not an option, such as in rural areas with no charging infrastructure. 

Volvo has six different battery electric truck models in production, as well as trucks that run on renewable fuels such as biogas. The fuel cell electric trucks will be available in the second half of this decade, and tests with haulers will start a few years before the commercial launch. The company will speed up development by joining forces with Daimler to develop and produce fuel cell systems that are targeted for heavy-duty vehicles.

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