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© Volvo Trucks

Volvo eyes hydrogen ICE truck road tests in 2026

Volvo Trucks plans to kick off on-road tests of hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks in 2026 with intentions to commercially launch a vehicle platform by the end of the decade.

The truck manufacturer said it was developing hydrogen ICE trucks that will use technology developed by Westport Fuel Systems, where a small amount of ignition fuel is injected with high pressure to enable compression ignition before hydrogen is added.

When powered by green hydrogen and using hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as ignition fuel, Volvo has said the trucks would be categorised as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) under the new EU carbon dioxide (CO2) standards.

It comes after Volvo Group signed an agreement with Westport to set up a joint venture to commercialise the HPDI technology which allows diesel engine manufacturers to retain engine architecture while switching the fuel to gas.

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