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Hyzon unveils fuel cell prime mover

Hyzon expects the Australian-designed fuel cell prime mover to revolutionise the Australian transport market

Global zero-emissions heavy vehicle supplier Hyzon has launched its 200kW fuel cell system and powertrain in a vehicle. 

The prime mover was unveiled at a ceremony at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence in Melbourne, which was attended by government officials, heavy-duty fleet operators and company employees and executives. 

Hyzon says the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) reflects its commitment to technological advancements and is designed to meet the operational demands of heavy-duty road transport. 

“The Hyzon 200kW Prime Mover provides our customers with a powerful, zero-emissions option for their fleets, showcasing our expertise in crafting state-of-the-art FCEVs,” Hyzon CEO Parker Meeks says. 

Meeks says the single stack fuel cell system could also allow Hyzon to bring the same technology to other industrial ecosystems, including mining, rail, marine, stationary power generation and airport ecosystems. 

“Hyzon is harnessing the power of hydrogen to deliver zero-emissions energy where it is needed most,” Meeks says. 

The truck was manufactured at Hyzon’s U.S. production facility in Bolingbrook, Illinois and has been integrated with its fuel cell technology and FCEV powertrain into a cabover. 

Hyzon Australia managing director John Edgley says the prime mover was designed and assembled locally and is a testament to the skills and capabilities of the company’s local workforce. 

“We are assembling zero-emissions heavy vehicles right here in Melbourne, using local skills and employing local people,” Edgley says. 

“Hyzon established Australia’s first purpose-built assembly plant in Melbourne’s south-east in 2021 to capitalise on the wealth of homegrown industry skills left behind when several global automotive businesses shut down their regional operations. 

“We have grown our team to more than 50 local employees, including engineers, fabricators, welders and designers to put this new 200kW vehicle on the road.” 

Edgley says the prime mover is expected to revolutionise Australia’s heavy-duty transport market and is an important step in reducing Australia’s transport emissions. 

“We look forward to working with transport operators across Australia and New Zealand as we move forward with the decarbonisation of Australia’s transport sector,” Edgley says. 

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