A new project formed by IVECO, FPT Industrial and VDL Enabling Transport Solutions (VDL ETS) has been launched to design, build, and test three new types of fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks.
The H2Haul project, coordinated by Element Energy and funded by a €12m grant, will use fuel cell systems manufactured in Europe by ElringKlinger, Hydrogenics and PowerCell.
“We are very proud of being part of the ambitious H2Haul project supported by the European Commission,” said Marco Liccardo, Head of IVECO’s Medium and Heavy Trucks Global Product Line.
“The project will play a key role in our strategy to further extend and enhance our offer of zero- and ultra-low emission vehicles, offering our customers – and their customers – a choice of technologies for their green fleets.”
As part of H2Haul, 16 vehicles will be tested in real-world operations at sites in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Hydrogen stations will also be deployed through the project to offer high capacity fuelling to support the demonstration of how fuel cell trucks can replace diesel vehicles.
“For FPT Industrial, the H2Haul project is strategic to lead the European zero emission truck sector by developing the fuel cell electric vehicle as a viable solution for long-haul logistics, with direct access to urban areas,” said Pierpaolo Biffali, Vice-President of Project Engineering at FPT Industrial.
“Being part of this European H2Haul consortium to further decarbonising the heavy-duty vehicle market fits our e-mobility strategy,” said Menno Kleingeld, Managing Director of VDL ETS.
“There is a growing need for zero emission vehicles across all transport models, and fuel cell electric trucks offer the potential to make a significant contribution to decarbonising the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector when refuelling with renewable hydrogen,” said Ben Madden, Director of Element Energy.
The project will make a significant contribution towards preparing the market for further deployment of the technology in the 2020s and contribute to the 2030 EU CO2 reduction target attainment.