Loop Energy has announced two new customers, each developing medium-duty hydrogen-electric trucks.
Opex, a Colombian systems integrator of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, and Avia Ingeniería, a Spanish electric powertrain provider and systems integrator, are both looking to trial hydrogen-electric vehicles in 2023.
Loop Energy enters the Pilot Phase of the Customer Adoption Cycle with both companies, expanding its presence in the dynamic European market and establishing its first relationship in the emerging South American market. The news comes after Loop Energy recently upgraded its purchase order guidance for the next 18 months.
Having supplied components and infrastructure for battery-electric vehicles for over a decade, Opex identified fuel cells as a solution for commercial vehicles in Latin America two years ago. Starting with a prototype, Opex aims to develop a logistics truck using Loop Energy’s S300 (30 kW) fuel cell as a range extender. Once built, the truck is expected to be trialled by a local fleet operator to evaluate how the technology can be deployed in larger truck applications.
Avia Ingeniería plans to also apply Loop Energy’s 30 kW fuel cell as a range extender in a tractor-trailer transport truck. The truck is a part of the ShineFleet project, which features various Spanish technology and engineering companies, including Técnicas Reunidas.
The pilot aims to demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen technology and educate fleet operators on how to scale a fleet. A logistics fleet operator is expected to integrate the truck into its service routes once it is operational in 2023.
George Rubin, Loop Energy CCO, said, “Our team continues to identify manufacturers and fleet operators committed to the deployment of hydrogen-electric fleets worldwide.”