Hyzon Motors will deliver 1,500 hydrogen-powered heavy trucks in New Zealand by 2026 – and the first batch could be on the roads by the end of 2021.
The fuel cell truck maker will deliver the zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) as part of a new deal announced on Wednesday (17th Feb) with Hiringa Energy, the green hydrogen supplier aiming to establish 100+ hydrogen stations in New Zealand by 2030.
Together, Hyzon and Hiringa will navigate an ambitious path towards decarbonising the New Zealand heavy transport sector through cooperation on hydrogen infrastructure and heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) deployment.
Hyzon said the trucks, to be assembled at its facility in Winschoten, the Netherlands, will be powered by green hydrogen supplied through Hiringa’s nationwide refueling infrastructure.
The network is on track to commence refuelling operations in 2021, expanding to eight hydrogen stations across New Zealand’s North and South Islands in 2022, servicing 100% of the North Island and 82% of the South Island’s heavy freight routes.
The Hyzon FCEV trucks are designed to meet New Zealand road requirements and the demands of heavy freight applications.
The trucks will be built in a 6×4 configuration, will include a sleeper cab option and will have a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 58 metric tonnes (64 US tons) and range of 680km (423mi).
In addition to the enormous clean energy output benefits, one of the key highlights of Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks are their comparable-to-diesel refuelling times, providing a “drop in” solution for freight operators to replace their diesel fleets.
“We see New Zealand as an attractive market for the deployment of our hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Hyzon Motors CEO Craig Knight.
“The hydrogen supply network designed by Hiringa is a key enabler for the realisation of our decarbonisation strategy.”
He continued, “This partnership aims to position New Zealand as a global leader in the adoption of zero emission heavy vehicle technology, and we are pleased to be playing a major role in this transition.”
“Deploying 1,500 fuel cell trucks by 2026 is going to make a massive contribution to local decarbonization efforts.”
Hiringa CEO Andrew Clennett said, “This is the next step in our strategy to roll out over 1,500 heavy FCEVs by 2026; alongside our partners, we are driving the cost of the technology down and unlocking widespread adoption of zero emission heavy transport for New Zealanders.”