Canadian firm delivers first hydrogen diesel truck to customer

Canadian company Hydra Energy has delivered the first of 12 modified prime movers which co-combust diesel and hydrogen which in testing Hydra says reduces carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent.

Canadian firm delivers first hydrogen diesel truck to customer
Lodgewood's Arlene Gagne with Hydra Energy CEO Jessica Verhagen

Canadian company Hydra Energy, which bills itself as the world’s first 'hydrogen-as-a-service' provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment, has announced an industry milestone – delivery of the first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to a paying fleet customer.

This comes after the company completed three years of successful on-road testing of its hydrogen-diesel, co-combustion injection system proving no loss in fuel efficiency, range, power, torque, or payload capacity and a claimed carbon emissions reduction of up to 40 per cent per converted truck.

Lodgewood Enterprises, a full service short and long-haul trucking company based out of Prince George, British Columbia, has received the initial truck marking the first of 12 semi-trucks to be converted with Hydra’s fully reversible, hydrogen-diesel conversion kit at no cost to Lodgewood. The clean trucks will run on low-carbon hydrogen at a fixed discount below the cost of diesel which Hydra has sourced from Canadian industrial chemical provider, Chemtrade.

"As a fleet owner, it was an easy decision to adopt Hydra’s low risk, co-combustion technology and to begin reducing emissions immediately without negatively impacting truck performance, warranty, and driver experience," says Lodgewood President, Arlene Gagne.

"Our converted fleet stands to reduce CO2 emissions by over 800 tonnes per year helping us also attract a newer, younger generation of drivers concerned with the environment. And we’ve lowered our fuel costs in the process. We’re proud to have one of the first hydrogen-converted trucks on the road and look forward to our continued partnership with Hydra."

"This first truck delivery is not only a major milestone for Hydra but also for clean trucking overall and for Canada’s push for net-zero emissions by 2050. Although heavy-duty trucking accounts for only 1.37% of vehicles on the road, it accounts for 30% of road-related emissions," says Hydra Energy CEO, Jessica Verhagen.

"Hydrogen-fueled transportation is often talked about in the future, especially when it comes to truck fleets that can take years to turn over. We’ve proven with our innovative HaaS business model and practical retrofit approach for existing trucks that scalable, affordable hydrogen-powered trucking is a reality today," says Verhagen.

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