Volvo Trucks to begin customer testing of fuel cell electric trucks in 2025.
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Volvo Trucks to begin customer testing of fuel cell electric trucks in 2025.

Volvo will start customer tests of fuel cell electric trucks on public roads. These trucks emit only water vapour and have an operational range comparable to diesel trucks, up to 1,000 km.

Volvo Trucks announced that the company would start testing fuel cell electric trucks in commercial traffic in 2025. Volvo will begin the testing with selected customers in Northern Europe, followed by additional trucks in more countries over the coming years.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long-distance and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.

I believe that the pilot tests will highlight the potential for fuel cell electric trucks. The tests will run in a demanding, harsh climate, and it also gives us a great opportunity for driving with heavy loads up to 65 tonnes,“ says Jessica Sandström, SvP Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks.

The goal of the pilot tests will be to look at all different aspects of the truck’s operation, including working components, handling, and driver experience.

A fuel cell generates its own electricity from the hydrogen onboard instead of being charged from an external source. The only byproduct emitted is water vapour. Volvo’s electric trucks will use two fuel cells with a capacity to generate 300 kW of power and will have a refuel time of less than 15 minutes.

Fuel cell technology is still in an early phase of development, and whilst there are many benefits there remain some challenges, not least the large-scale supply of green hydrogen and the need to develop fuelling infrastructure. To overcome the lack of available hydrogen when running the pilots, the filling of green hydrogen from renewable sources will be done at home depot.

We expect the supply of green hydrogen to increase significantly during the next couple of years since many industries will depend on it to reduce CO2. The fuel cell trucks will be important for longer and heavier transportations in a few years from now”, says Jessica Sandström.

The fuel cells will be supplied by Cellcentric – the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG. Cellcentric will build one of Europe’s largest series production facilities for fuel cells, especially developed for heavy vehicles.

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