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Hino hydrogen truck unveiled in California
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Hino hydrogen truck unveiled in California

Yet another hydrogen-powered truck is set to hit the market as the heavy-duty transportation market steps up its decarbonisation efforts.

Hino Trucks is the latest company to unveil an innovation, having showcased its Class 8 Hino XL8 prototype vehicle at the 2021 ACT Expo in Long Beach, California.

Following an initial announcement in October, the unveiling highlights various technologies that Hino is very pleased with.

Commenting on the innovation, Glenn Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Customer Experience at Hino Trucks, said, “It’s amazing what our team has been able to accomplish in a relative short period of time.

“I know our customers are going to be extremely impressed with this fuel cell electric truck.

“We are looking forward to validating the performance, reliability and efficiency of our hydrogen fuel cell electric system in the XL Series chassis.”

Bob Petz, Senior Vice-President of Vehicle and Parts Sales, Hino Trucks, added, “From our Project Z announcement last October, we have received significant interest from customers, and now we have something tangible to show them in our prototype vehicle.”

Hydrogen trucks, trends and technologies

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For energy intensive applications like long-haul and heavy-duty trucks, hydrogen is one of the most interesting energy carriers, presenting operators with a quiet, smooth and continuously strong performance, all without emitting any emissions. A major industry for North America, whether hauling foods, farming goods, construction materials or clothes, trucks are almost everywhere in the continent, with very few commuters being able to travel down the highway without seeing one. Sadly, many of these vehicles emit high amounts of carbon emissions and cause great harm to the environment. However, this is something that North America, with the help of its thriving mobility sector, hopes to change with the introduction of zero emission technologies such as hydrogen.

In California, a new programme was approved late last year (Dec 2020) to bring the cleanest vehicle technologies to low-income and under-severed communities to support the shift for zero emission trucks. This is now one of multiple programmes that are hoping to accelerate deployment. California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provides incentives to purchase the cleanest medium and heavy-duty trucks. Each of these vehicle purchase incentive programmes helps businesses and individuals make the switch to clean vehicles and in return grows the market for these technologies.

Incentives play a pivotal role in supporting North America’s air quality, climate and petroleum-reduction goals. And in California, they accelerate the transition of fleets to zero emission in line with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order requiring all passenger trucks sold in the US state to be zero-emission by 2035, and all medium and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission by 2045, where feasible.

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