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Volvo unveils new zero emissions truck

Volvo is trialling new technology that charges onboard the bus and only releases water vapour

In a massive move for the company, Volvo Trucks is showcasing its latest zero emissions truck to the world.

The new model is being tested using the latest technology that only emits water vapour, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1,000 kilometres.

Volvo Trucks says it is using fuel cells powered by hydrogen to decarbonise the transport industry and will continue to offer battery electric trucks and biogas fuelled vehicles.

Volvo says a third carbon-neutral option will be added to its product portfolio in the form of fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen in the second half of the decade.

“We have been developing this technology for some years now and it feels great to see the first trucks successfully running on the test track,” Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm says.

“The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will enable customers to completely eliminate carbon dioxide exhaust emissions from their trucks, no matter what transport assignment they have.”

Volvo says the fuel cell electric truck range will have an operational range comparable to many diesel trucks and a refuelling time of under 15 minutes.

Customer pilots will start in a couple of years with commercialisation of the technology set for later in the decade.

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“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments,” Alm says.

“They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.”

The new technology has fuel cells generating its own electricity from the hydrogen onboard the charge instead of being externally charged, meaning the only biproduct emitted is water vapour.

Volvo says the fuel cells will be supplied by a joint venture between Volvo and Daimler in cellcentric, with the technology still in an early phase of development.

“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 carbon dioxide,” Alm says.

“We can’t wait to decarbonise transport as we are already running late. My message to all transport companies is to start the journey today with battery electric, biogas and other available options.

“The fuel cell trucks will then be an important compliment for longer and heavier transports in a few years from now.”

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