The US company Nuvera Fuel Cells is launching its new E-45 fuel cell system for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It can supply primary power or serve as a range extender. They will initially build the hydrogen system in the USA and China later on.
According to Nuvera, the new FC system is expected to score points because it meets the requirements of a number of different mobility markets and can be easily integrated into existing platforms. According to the manufacturer, it is suitable for installation in electric delivery vans, buses and heavy-duty vehicles such as yard tractors, long-distance trucks or container transport vehicles.
“Our strategy for the E-45 fuel cell engine was to design a system that meets the needs of multiple mobility markets, and easily incorporates into existing electric vehicle platforms, taking maximum advantage of our unique core stack technology,” said Matt Weig, product manager.
In collaboration with parent company Hyster-Yale Group and other partners, Nuvera has already installed the system in a container transporter that is scheduled to go into operation in the Port of Los Angeles before the end of the year. Nuvera is also working on the development of a Chinese FC platform for buses.
Only a few details of the FC system E-45 have been made publically available: According to Nuvera, the drive has an integrated compressor and patented operation control. For stack technology, the US company relies on uncoated metal plates.
The new system is produced at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts. Later on, it will also be manufactured in China. Nuvera Fuel Cells currently has production facilities in the USA, Europe and China. The company is a subsidiary of the Hyster-Yale Group, which sells forklift trucks and material handling systems worldwide, primarily under the Hyster and Yale brand names.