Volvo Trucks bets on hydrogen

In order to decarbonize transport, Volvo Trucks expands its ranges and energy alternatives. In addition to battery-powered electric trucks and engines powered by renewable fuels, such as biogas, the future is looking towards hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks. A technology that has the particularity of only releasing water vapour.

In the second half of the decade, this third CO2-neutral option will complete the brand’s offer. Hydrogen trucks will be particularly suitable for long distances and high tonnages which require a lot of energy, estimates the manufacturer. They could also be an option in countries with limited battery charging options.

Eliminate CO2 emissions

The fuel cell electric trucks will have an operating range comparable to that of diesel – up to 1,000 km – and a refueling time of less than 15 minutes. The total rolling weight can be around 65 tons or more, and the two fuel cells have the capacity to produce 300 kW of electricity on board.

The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will allow our customers to completely eliminate CO2 emissions from their trucks, whatever the type of transport. “, Explain Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks. Marketing is expected in the second half of the decade.

Challenges to overcome

Fuel cell technology is still in its infancy. It has advantages, but also some challenges. One of them is the supply of large-scale green hydrogen made by electrolysis of water using electricity from only renewable energy, such as wind, water and the sun. In addition, heavy vehicle refueling infrastructure still needs to be developed.

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