Both long and short distance hauling is set to be boosted with the introduction of a new, 100% hydrogen or all-electric ‘skateboard’ designed for class eight tractors and straight trucks.
Gaussin, developer of the hydrogen skateboard, says this is a world first and aims to support all players wishing to have access to a hydrogen or electric platform for clean and intelligent transportation.
To accelerate time-to-market, the French company plans a global rollout as early as 2021 through an assembly and marketing licensing program.
The new zero-emission skateboard is part of a scheme to produce next-generation road trucks by providing key components and systems to achieve this aim.
For instance, the skateboard includes an ultra-light chassis developed by Magna that weighs 400kg less than other chassis on the current market in addition to hydrogen tanks, fuel cells, electric motors, drives, axles and suspensions.
The skateboard tractor and carrier are available in two versions: a long-distance hydrogen version with a hydrogen refuelling time of less than 20 minutes for a range of 800km and an all-electric version for short distances with a battery change time of three minutes for a range of 400km.
An ambitious program of 41 licenses over 36 months would enable Gaussin to capture 5% of the clean-energy truck market, or cumulative sales of 450,000 vehicles by 2031.
Jean-Claude Bailly, Managing Director Truck and Bus Division of Gaussin, said, “For the first time in the world of heavy trucks, Gaussin has created a versatile platform enabling the various players in the sector to achieve an extremely rapid time-to-market.
“The solution will enable them to save precious time in project development, at a time when the heavy goods vehicle market is changing rapidly and innovation is a key differentiating factor, more than ever.”
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