Freudenberg and ZF Friedrichshafen have teamed up to develop a sustainable hybrid fuel cell/battery drive system for trucks and coaches.
The first prototype vehicles are expected to hit the roads in 2023, if not before, with the start of series production scheduled shortly afterwards.
The ‘long term’ agreement follows both firms embarking on the ‘HyFleet’ research project last year, to develop a fuel cell drive for long-distance bus platforms.
While the initial focus is on truck and bus applications, it could be extended to rail, construction and agricultural vehicles and marine applications – possibly powering passenger ships on the open seas.
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