Capacity Trucks, a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc., has produced the first North American hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid terminal truck.
The company has manufactured two such trucks currently in operation at the Port of Long Beach, California, US. Capacity Trucks designed the two hydrogen fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles under a grant awarded in 2019. They maximise uptime by providing a hydrogen power backup when the electric battery requires recharging. This hydrogen fuel cell hybrid electric terminal truck is designed for operation in intermodal, port, and warehouse/distribution applications.
Capacity Trucks builds its first battery-electric vehicle over ten years ago and will continue to advance that technology into a full EV product and the next evolution of hydrogen fuel cell power, expecting maximum rate production for both in 2022.
Both emissions-free technologies will be telematics and autonomous ready with all the components to upgrade to a fully autonomous vehicle.
Ryan Rockafellow, GM of Capacity Trucks, said, “With our focus and commitment to alternative fuels, we will continue to lead in this space.”
In a separate development, this month, Enc (another subsidiary of REV Group) and ElDorado National (California) partnered with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) and City View Bus Sales & Service on the Canadian leg of its ‘Borrow a Bus’ Zero-Emissions Tour. The ENC Axess-FC® hydrogen fuel cell-powered (HFC) bus led the six-stop tour, showcasing the potential of zero-emission transportation in Canada. The ENC Axess-FC, which is fueled by hydrogen, is the only hydrogen bus in the industry that’s federally certified for 3-point seat belts and electronic stability control. The Axess-FC was the first hydrogen fuel cell bus to complete FTA Altoona testing and passed physical side-impact and roof crush tests.