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CARB approves Hyzon Repower fuel cell truck conversions


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified the Hyzon Repower trucks as exempt from emission requirements, enabling the company to sell fuel cell electric trucks in California. The exemption includes Class 8, 7, and 6 Repowers, announces Hyzon.

With this certification, Hyzon expects it will offer the first commercially available FCEVs in these classes in California. While FCEVs have been granted provisional approvals for trials, and fuel cell electric buses have received CARB certification, no known heavy- or medium-duty FCEVs are currently on the list provided by California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), says the company.

“We are proud to join the list of vehicle and technology providers certified by CARB and plan to lead the deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial operations in California,” said Craig Knight, Hyzon Motors CEO. He pointed to the Port of Long Beach pilots and drayage operations as “a particularly attractive use-case on hydrogen”.

The company makes no mention of performance data or prices. These also depend on the truck model to be retrofitted.

A first demonstrator was fitted with the 110 kW version of the fuel cell family, but Hyzon intends to retrofit future models with the 200-kW stack, which is Hyzon’s most powerful stack.

Hyzon Motors retrofit programme Repower is to convert existing diesel trucks to zero-emission fuel cell propulsion and was launched only this May as reported.

The company is collaborating with US firm Fontaine Modification to remove diesel components from existing trucks that will then be fitted with Hyzon’s fuel cell system, electric powertrain and hydrogen storage system.

Hyzon Motors is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., with operations in the Chicago and Detroit areas and international offices in the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and China. Earlier this year, Hyzon also selected Melbourne to be home to Hyzon Motors Australia’s headquarters. In the UK, Hyzon is working with logistics group John G Russell Transport.


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