Hyzon Motors (zero-emissions hydrogen and fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles company) is finding new ways to bring zero-emission vehicles to roads sooner.
First commercial launch of Hyzon’s proprietary 200 kW fuel cell through the Repower program in North America is expected in late 2022.
Responding to customer demand for zero-emissions vehicles amidst a global supply chain crisis, Hyzon plans to allow customers to exchange their used diesel truck chassis for conversion to fuel cell electric operation. After removing diesel components, these used trucks will be upfitted with the company’s proprietary fuel cell system, electric drivetrain, and hydrogen storage system through collaboration with Fontaine Modification.
Hyzon projects that the Repower program will be a more efficient method by which fleets decouple from diesel, putting clean trucks on the road sooner. The current lead time for the new vehicle chassis ordered today is up to 16 months.
Hyzon expects to Repower vehicles much more quickly since the company will have direct access to the existing chassis. Repowering an existing vehicle is also expected to reduce customer costs, leading to Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) at or below diesel parity in California due to available subsidies. Additionally, the Repower program avoids waste and manufacturing carbon emissions generated by asset renewal.
Hyzon’s 200 kW hydrogen fuel cell Repower truck, based on the most powerful fuel cell stack Hyzon has developed, will begin testing by the end of 2022; these heavy-duty fuel cell systems will be produced in the company’s Bolingbrook facility in Illinois.
Hyzon CEO Craig Knight, said, “Hyzon’s Repower program can deliver zero-emissions vehicles to customers sooner, with lower cost, and less waste.”