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Dutch manufacturer announces new hydrogen truck

Dutch fuel cell company zepp.solutions has announced it plans to release a new heavy vehicle model later this year for the European market

A zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell truck offering the same ease of operation and payload capacity as a diesel truck, is set to hit the market in Europe by Q4, 2023.

The truck is the work of a young Netherland’s based business zepp.solutions that specialises in new fuel cell technology.

Named Europa, the hydrogen truck is designed to replace the diesel 4×2 tractor unit most commonly used in European transport tasks.

The hydrogen truck is able to cover a long range on a single tank, and also has a sleeper cab, quick refuelling and the ability to pull an ISO trailer (13.6m container).

The first vehicles will enter operation in Q4 2023 as 4×2 tractor units with 350 bar hydrogen storage systems.

With more than 50 kg of usable hydrogen on board, the vehicles will have a range of more than 700 km.

In late 2024, the truck will also become available in a 700-bar hydrogen storage version (>80 kg usable H2), pushing the range to well over 1000 km on a single fill.

The usable electrical energy content of the hydrogen after conversion is more than 900 kWh and 1450 kWh for the 350 and 700 bar versions respectively.

The current infrastructure mix in Europe in terms of re-filling hydrogen trucks favours the 350 bar version of the truck rather than the 700 bar variant – making the 350 bar the vehicle of choice for buyers at this point.

Zepp.solution says its hydrogen-electric powertrain could also be fitted to other vehicle configurations such as box trucks, other axle configurations and cabs.

“The heart of the powertrain is a single zepp X150 fuel cell module, with the option to integrate further stacks and/or modules for increased efficiency and range,” it says.

“The X150 fuel cell module and zepp’s hydrogen storage systems are also available as standalone units for integration into other vehicles or applications.”

The Europa truck design is optimised for the European transport sector with strict EU regulations guiding its development.

In most EU countries, the maximum gross combined vehicle weight is 40 metric tons. EU legislation increases this weight limit to 42 metric tons for zero-emission N3 articulated vehicles. Because the Europa tractor weighs less than 2 tons more than its diesel counterpart, it will offer a similar payload capacity.

“The Europa truck is another shining example of our commitment to providing sustainable transportation solutions to the market,” says zepp.solution co-founder Kevin Schreiber.

“And this is just the beginning. The integrated hydrogen fuel cell system X150 and our hydrogen storage systems are also available for integration by other manufacturers. We’re looking forward to their applications of our systems.”

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