Volvo Trucks tests hydrogen-powered electric trucks on public roads in Sweden

Emitting only water vapour, hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks will be an important part of Volvo Trucks’ zero exhaust emission product portfolio.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 08 May 2023 Views icon4272 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Last year, Volvo Trucks showcased its fuel cell electric trucks for the first time. These zero exhaust emission trucks use hydrogen to produce their own electricity onboard, making them suitable for longer transport assignments.

Now, the trucks have been tested on public roads for the first time. To make it extra challenging, the tests have been conducted above the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden – in an extremely cold climate.

Fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen will be especially suitable for longer distances and when using only batteries isn’t an option: for example, in rural areas with no charging infrastructure.

Green hydrogen is an endless resource that is produced by using renewable energy sources, such as wind, water and sun.

“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,” says Helena Alsio, VP Powertrain Product Management at Volvo Trucks. “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.”

Volvo currently offers the industry´s broadest product line-up of battery electric trucks, with six models in series production, catering to a very wide variety of transports in and between cities.

The fuel cell electric trucks will be available in the second half of this decade. Tests with hauliers will start a few years before the commercial launch. To speed up the development, Volvo Group has joined forces with Daimler to develop and produce fuel cell systems that are tailor-made for heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Volvo Trucks
RELATED ARTICLES
Marelli Talbros Chassis Systems wins Rs 1,000 crore business from European OEM

auther Autocar Pro News Desk calendar19 Apr 2024

The order, to be executed over an eight-year period, is for the supply suspension arms tailored for both conventional in...

Kia launches customised NBA display themes for North American market

auther Autocar Pro News Desk calendar19 Apr 2024

Display Themes is a customised service that supports a personalised vehicle experience, allowing users to customise the ...

Antolin and VIA Optronics unveil versatile vehicle cockpit concept

auther Autocar Pro News Desk calendar19 Apr 2024

The Sunrise vehicle concept cockpit, which is engineered for seamless transitions between manual and autonomous driving ...