Start-up Hyzon announces the first series production of fuel cell commercial vehicles
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Hyzon Motors Inc. is a newcomer to the fuel cell drive. With a view to the announcements, the following motto could be attributed to the start-up.
Company is committed to is nothing more and nothing less than a revolution in the automotive sector.
Hyzon relies on hydrogen as an energy supplier. The fuel cells come from Horizon Fuel Cell from Singapore. The company has been operating in this sector since 2003. In fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen is converted into electrical energy for the electric motor. So far, this form of e-mobility has suffered from the fact that it is only manufactured in small quantities at correspondingly high prices. Electric vehicles and hybrids have already reached mass production.
Hyzon plans the fuel cell hydrogen revolution
The American company Hyzon wants to help the fuel cell make a breakthrough. As early as November 2020, the American start-up wants to make trucker hearts beat faster. Then the first trucks or heavy trucks from Hyzon should be available. A 6 x 4 tractor, a 6 x 4 and an 8 x 4 truck with a rigid chassis will be launched.
Heavyweight hydrogen trucks
On its website, the manufacturer announces a possible total weight between 40 and 80 tons. Motorization variants of 100 kW, 150 kW, 200 kW and 370 kW (136 hp, 204 hp, 272 hp and 503 hp) are also given. In addition, Hyzon donates a comprehensive repertoire of driver assistance systems to its fuel cell brummis. With them, the heavyweight hydrogen trucks also play in the upper class in terms of safety. There are also telematics systems that are indispensable for high-tech-oriented transport and logistics companies.
Hydrogen tanks with different capacities for replacement
Depending on the model, ranges are 400 to 500 kilometers without a fuel stop are under discussion. Here Hyzon came up with something special: the hydrogen tanks should be adaptable to the needs. It starts with a capacity of 48 kilograms and extends to a capacity of an impressive 192 kilograms, which is enough for a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers.
Front handlebars with high life expectancy
Although the first models should be on offer in late autumn, there is still no idea of a prototype. Interested parties who want to get a visual impression of the Hyzon truck are therefore dependent on computer displays. Here the Hyzon presents itself as a pleasingly modern front handlebar without too futuristic design. You can expect a solid workhorse. This hope is further reinforced by the manufacturer, who reports a mileage of more than one million kilometers.
More fuel cell commercial vehicles models in 2021
In the first quarter of 2021, smaller trucks in the 6 to 20 ton class with 40 kW to 80 kW (54 HP to 108 HP) are to follow. They will appear in different versions for different purposes. The introduction of a 6-meter delivery van with comparable motorization is planned for the following quarter. As a standard, it should get by with a hydrogen tank for 600 to 800 kilometers. In addition, the van should be available as a mini tour bus with 11 to 14 seats.
Cooperation model with bus manufacturers earlier on the market
As if these plans were not yet ambitious enough, Hyzon has another highlight up its sleeve: the company states that two fuel cell buses will be available this summer.
Hyzon produces them in cooperation with an undisclosed European vehicle manufacturer. This will be a city bus with a length of 12.5 meters to 18 meters and 60 kW to 100 kW (82 hp to 136 hp) and a range of over 400 kilometers. For this purpose, a small touring coach with the same engine power should also join from June 2020. At lengths between 8.9 and 12 meters, it will even be able to drive more than 500 kilometers non-stop.
Price and performance in Europe
Hyzon certainly expects this research offensive to pave the way for fuel cell vehicles. This would result in higher quantities and lower costs. Speaking of costs: Hyzon has yet to reveal a planned call for prices, just as little as a possible launch date for Europe.