Hyzon and New Way to develop FCEV for refuse collection in North America

Fuel cell specialist Hyzon Motors and New Way Trucks want to develop fuel cell refuse collection vehicles for the North American market. Pilot tests with North American customers will begin in the first half of 2024. The companies hope to deliver the first fuel cell trucks to American customers in 2025.

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As part of the partnership, Hyzon will supply its FC technology and powertrain for integration into New Way refuse collection vehicles. Specifically, “New Way will be responsible for the supply and integration of the prototype’s Sidewinder XTR automated side-load refuse body.” The prototype vehicles will have a range of around 125 miles and can lift up to 1,200 refuse cars per route.

“New Way has a successful history of deploying alternative powertrain refuse equipment across North America,” says New Way’s Chief Sales Officer Don Ross. “Partnering with Hyzon to bring the continent’s first Class 8 FCEV refuse collection vehicle to life is a significant step in helping our customers meet their sustainability and decarbonisation objectives.”

According to Hyzon, there are about 120,000 refuse trucks operational in North America. Switching to fuel cell alternatives could thus make a significant difference in the region’s CO2 footprint. The company has already had a fuel-powered refuse truck in the field in Australia since October 2023. There, the company joined forces with Remondis Australia, the Australian leg of one of the world’s largest recycling, service and water companies.

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.

“Zero emission hydrogen fuel cell technology is the key to reducing emissions from many hard-to-abate industries, including refuse collection,” said Hyzon Chief Executive Officer Parker Meeks. “Hyzon is primed to begin this partnership with New Way as we pursue a shared goal of decarbonising the refuse industry. The operational capabilities of our Australian fuel cell refuse collection truck trial helped demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell technology is a viable replacement for traditional diesel engines when it comes to heavy industry, and overcomes some of the inherent challenges identified with other zero-emission technologies such as range anxiety, severe operating temperatures, and payload limitations.”



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