The US commercial fuel cell vehicle developer Hyzon Motors has founded a European subsidiary and announced the opening of its European headquarters in the Dutch city of Groningen.
Hyzon is planning a similar yet different approach for Europe than for its home market. In the US, they intend to manufacture the fuel cell drives at its plant in Rochester (New York State), while assembly of its own futuristically designed trucks and buses is to be carried out by partners.
In the Netherlands, the production of the vehicles will also be carried out by a partner. Still, with a slightly different working method: Holthausen Clean Technology will build the Hyzon trucks based on DAF’s XF Space Cab semitrailer tractor. However, technical specifications are not yet known. Previously published pictures of the Hyzon truck for Europe show the DAF model with a slightly modified front and large Hyzon lettering. The Hyzon truck is expected to be on the market in six to eight months. Hyzon Motors Europe plans to deliver “hundreds of heavy fuel cell vehicles” by the end of 2021.
However, the European branch will not be operated directly by Hyzon Motors. The US company has invested in Holthausen Clean Technology. Holthausen, in turn, used this capital to found Hyzon Motors Europe.
HYZON Motors Europe is officially live!!! We will start rolling out heavy duty hydrogen trucks that are build in Europe for Europe as a new OEM specialised in hydrogen heavy duty trucks! #hyzon #hyzonmotors #europe #hydrogen #hydrogeneurope pic.twitter.com/l95QFmE66e
— Max Holthausen | MD Hyzon Motors Europe (@Max_Holthausen) July 11, 2020
Holthausen Clean Technology specializes in converting diesel trucks to fuel cell vehicles. “As a European pioneer in fuel cell vehicle commercialization, Holthausen Clean Technology has been delivering fuel cell trucks for years, and we are honoured to now join forces with our US partner, Hyzon Motors, to bring the most advanced fuel cell truck technology to European customers. Made in Europe to meet European decarbonization objectives,” Max and Carl Holthausen said in a press release.
Hyzon Motors is based in Delaware but is a spin-off of the fuel cell manufacturer Horizon Fuel Cell from Singapore. Hyzon’s mission as a full-range supplier is to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles dramatically. This should also solve the chicken-and-egg problem of the hydrogen economy. Horizon will also provide the technology for the PEM fuel cells.