Southern California Gas Co. (a US gas distribution company) and Hyzon Motors Inc. (a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles) will partner on a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck.
Under the partnership, Hyzon will deliver a Class 3 commercial service body utility truck to SoCalGas by 2022, using the existing chassis OEM used by SoCalGas. The maximum truck power is to reach 200 kW, with a range of 300 miles.
The partnership supports SoCalGas’ NetZero 2045 climate commitment, which includes replacing its over-the-road fleet with electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, achieving a 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2035. SoCalGas’ company vehicles drive around 32 million miles annually.
The partnership deal was announced at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, being taken place in Long Beach, California.
Senator Bob Archuleta said, “By partnering with Hyzon Motors on this initial hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck, SoCalGas is showing their commitment to decarbonise their over-the-road fleet.”
Sandra Hrna, VP of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas, said, “Our partnership with Hyzon Motors on this initial fuel cell electric truck represents an additional potential solution to help us accelerate our transition to a zero-emissions fleet by 2035.”
Hyzon CEO Craig Knight. “Since Hyzon’s fuel cell can power up to 154-ton trucks, we can adapt it to support the performance needs of SoCalGas’ fleet.”
In April, SoCalGas also unveiled its plans of converting 200 Ford F-250 service pick-up trucks to run on renewable natural gas (RNG) to help reduce its carbon footprint while alternatives are developed.