Volvo Trucks starts customer testing fuel cell trucks in 2025

Gottenberg, Sweden: Volvo Trucks is testing fuel cell electric trucks with a comparable range to diesel trucks, up to 1,000 km.

A second pilot phase is to follow in a few years’ time and will see customer tests on public roads.

The fuel cell electric truck tests in commercial traffic will start in 2025 with selected customers in Northern Europe, followed by additional trucks in more countries over the coming years.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks suit for long distance and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.

“I believe that the pilot tests will highlight the potential for fuel cell electric trucks. The tests will run in a demanding, harsh climate and it also give us a great opportunity for driving with heavy loads up 65 tonnes,“ says Jessica Sandström at Volvo Trucks.

The goal of the pilot tests will be to look at all different aspects of the truck’s operation including working components, handling and driver experience.

“Fuel cell technology is still in an early phase of development and whilst there are many benefits there remains some challenges, not least the large-scale supply of green hydrogen* and need to develop fuelling infrastructure. To overcome the lack of available hydrogen when running the pilots, the filling of green hydrogen from renewable sources will be done at the home-depot,” Volvo says.

“We expect the supply of green hydrogen to increase significantly during the next couple of years, since many industries will depend on it to reduce CO2. The fuel cell trucks will be important for longer and heavier transportations in a few years from now”, Sandström says.

The fuel cells will be supplied by Cellcentric – a joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck. Cellcentric will build one of Europe’s largest series production facilities for fuel-cells, especially developed for heavy vehicles.

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