Hyzon Motors Inc. (a US HQ supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles) and Hiringa Energy (New Zealand’s hydrogen supply and refuelling infrastructure developer) have signed a vehicle supply agreement today (17th February) with Hyzon commissioned to build and supply Hiringa with zero-emission Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV).
According to the agreement, the first batch of vehicles will be delivered by the end of this year. Hyzon will supply a total of up to 1,500 fuel cell trucks will be delivered to Hiringa by 2026. As part of the agreement, Hiringa will build a green hydrogen refuelling network for vehicle fuel supply. The hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks will be assembled at Hyzon’s facility in Winschoten, the Netherlands and will be produced in compliance with New Zealand requirements. This vehicle supply agreement is the result of a previous agreement signed between the two companies in August 2020.
Hyzon’s FCEVs will be powered by green hydrogen supplied through Hiringa’s nationwide refuelling infrastructure. The refuelling network will be in operation in 2021, reaching eight hydrogen stations across New Zealand’s North and South Islands in 2022. This would translate to servicing 100% of the North Island and 82% of the South Island’s heavy freight routes.
The trucks will be built in a 6×4 configuration, will include a sleeper cab option and will have a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 58 metric tonnes and range of 680 km. In addition to the enormous clean energy output benefits, these trucks are comparable-to-diesel refuelling times, providing a “drop-in” solution for freight operators to replace their diesel fleets.
Hyzon Motors Chief Executive Officer Craig Knight, said “We see New Zealand as an attractive market for the deployment of our hydrogen fuel cell technology. Deploying 1,500 fuel cell trucks by 2026 is going to make a massive contribution to local decarbonisation efforts.”
Hiringa Chairperson Cathy Clennett said that this order is a significant milestone and the culmination of many hours of work from the Hyzon and Hiringa teams. This is a key step to decarbonising our road transport, a growing industry that Kiwis rely on every day as it supplies us with food, products, and essential goods.
Hiringa Chief Executive Officer Andrew Clennett said that this is the next step in the company strategy to roll out over 1,500 heavy FCEVs by 2026. We are driving the technology’s cost down and unlocking widespread adoption of zero-emission heavy transport for New Zealanders.