Technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has today announced a partnership with German vehicle manufacturer Quantron AG to deploy its new fuel cell system in heavy-duty trucks.
Supported by the Energy Research Programme of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy in Germany, the project hopes to make emission-free economically viable heavy-duty transportation a reality.
In the last year, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has launched successful development projects for buses and cruise ships, however, the partnership announced today marks the start of a new business venture into heavy-duty transportation.
“Fuel cell trucks are the only economical, emission-free alternative that permits large payloads as well as significant ranges and fast refuelling cycles,” said Dr. Manfred Stefener, Vice-President of Fuel Cell Systems at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.
“That’s why we are looking forward to working with Quantron AG to create fuel cell applications that are explicitly designed for the maximum load and operating points of trucks.”
By completing a series of tests, the partnership hopes to assess the performance, durability and range of the fuel cell in Quanton’s Energon truck under continuous commercial driving conditions, the first of which is expected to begin mid next year.
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“The goal is to develop fuel cells that can manage a long service life and real heavy-duty profiles to outshine the diesel when it comes to total cost of ownership, “Stefener concluded.