Fraunhofer study: Hydrogen will not play a major role in road transport
The Traton Group sees an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute as confirming its strategy with its focus on battery-electric drives. According to the study, electric drives will also dominate the heavy-duty sector, and fuel cells will remain a niche application. On the other hand, Daimler Truck continues to rely consistently on both technologies.
Victoria supports H2 transport infrastructure pilots
In the Australian state of Victoria, the government has backed studies and trials for the use of green hydrogen (made from renewables) for use in heavy transport. The funding of 7 million Australian dollars (4.43 million euros) should help support refuelling stations and the development of fuel cell electric buses among other things.
Covenant Logistics goes for 50 Nikola-Tre trucks
The Covenant Logistics Group, based in Chattanooga in the US state of Tennessee, wants to procure ten battery-electric examples as well as 40 vehicles of the fuel cell variant of the Nikola Tre truck model. So far, this is a letter of intent subject to successful test deployment.
Gaussin explores FCEV production in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) has just announced the signing of five agreements with French companies, including an agreement to explore a hydrogen-powered vehicle business with Gaussin. Here, Gaussin aims to establish a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen vehicles ‘Made in Saudi Arabia.’
California looks at fuel cell trucking requirements
The Californian Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), a coalition of government and multinational industry partners, have released a new foundational document for heavy-duty class 8 fuel cell electric trucks. The policy recommendation envisages 70,000 trucks supported by 200 heavy-duty truck stations by 2035.
General Motors open for far smaller deal with Nikola
The comprehensive strategic eMobility partnership between General Motors and Nikola announced at the beginning of September has now been replaced by a non-binding letter of intent with a greatly reduced scope. Financial participation of GM in the startup is off the table, the e-pickup Badger has been dropped.
H2Haul for fuel cell trucks starts in Europe
The H2Haul project (Hydrogen fuel cell trucks for heavy-duty, zero-emission logistics) has now been officially launched. A total of 16 heavy goods vehicles with fuel cells are to be tested in practice at several locations in Europe.