After confirming earlier this 12 months that it will finish fuel-cell improvement for passenger automobiles to concentrate on business vans, Daimler on Thursday unveiled a long-haul fuel-cell semi truck that may start buyer trials in 2023.
The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 relies on the model’s present Actros semi. It boasts a spread of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), and a payload of 25 tons.
Daimler plans to gas the truck with liquid hydrogen, somewhat than the gaseous hydrogen utilized in most different fuel-cell automobiles. The corporate claims liquid hydrogen has higher vitality density, permitting for smaller onboard storage tanks. Nevertheless, hydrogen should be saved at extraordinarily chilly temperatures to stay in a liquid state, and Daimler admitted that it is nonetheless growing the mandatory expertise to make that workable in a automobile.
The fuel-cell stack is supplemented by a 70-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which offers further energy beneath excessive hundreds, Daimler mentioned. The pack is recharged utilizing regenerative braking or extra vitality from the fuel-cell stack.
Assuming buyer trials are profitable, Daimler plans to begin collection manufacturing of the Gen H2 within the second half of the last decade.
By that point, Daimler can have already launched two new battery-electric vans. The 200-kilometer (124-mile) Mercedes-Benz eActros is scheduled to begin collection manufacturing in 2021, adopted by the 500-kilometer (310-mile) eActros Lengthy Haul in 2024.
Mercedes-Benz GenH2 hydrogen fuel-cell semi truck
Daimler Vehicles North America instructed Inexperienced Automotive Reviews that the corporate does plan to convey fuel-cell vans to North America, however declined to supply another particulars—aside from offering emphasis that it’ll proceed growing battery-electric vans.
“The complementary applied sciences of battery electrics and hydrogen gas cells will each play an element in paving the way in which to a way forward for CO₂-neutral business automobile operations,” mentioned spokesman Fred Ligouri.
Daimler and Volvo Trucks shaped a partnership referring to gas cells earlier this 12 months. That is anticipated to result in extra fuel-cell business vans, together with some for the North American market.
The corporate additionally put its first battery-electric semis, from its Freightliner model, to make use of final 12 months, as a part of a fleet take a look at for North America.
Nikola Motors has claimed to be a leader within the fuel-cell truck discipline, nevertheless it hasn’t delivered a automobile but. The corporate formed a partnership with GM this month; GM will provide battery and fuel-cell tech to Nikola, and construct Nikola’s fuel-cell-supplemented battery electrical pickup.
Different established truck producers are additionally wanting into zero-emission powertrains. Kenworth simply launched an electric regional truck final week.