German automotive component manufacturer Bosch has joined H2Haul, a European project playing a vital role in accelerating the development of zero emission trucks that can directly replace diesel vehicles, offering the same driving range and load capacity.
Co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), H2 Haul (hydrogen fuel cell trucks for heavy-duty zero emissions logistics) said the introduction of Bosch into the project is a strong signal that the European industry is positioning itself as a vital part of the green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fuel cell trucks are already beginning to operate on Europe’s road network while a growing number of OEMs and hydrogen infrastructure providers are positioning themselves in the heavy-duty market.
Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, President of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions Division, commented, “Fuel cells will play an important role to reduce CO2 emissions in future mobility, for example, in long-distance use cases of heavy commercial vehicles.”
“We are happy to join H2Haul because the joint expertise of all partners drives the hydrogen technology forward and demonstrates feasibility in operative use.”
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of FCH JU, said, “A steep decarbonisation of the transport sector, including trucks, will be vital for the realisation of the Green Deal vision.”
“Today we welcome another European technology leader in the H2Haul project. We are excited to witness this strong consortium working together to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen solutions “made in the EU” will play a central role in meeting the challenge.”