Cummins showcases hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck

Cummins showcases hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck

NEWS / EDITORIAL and other markets, we aim to establish sufficient demand to justify local manufacture of fuel cells, as we essentially replicate many...

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NEWS / EDITORIAL and other markets, we aim to establish sufficient demand to justify local manufacture of fuel cells, as we essentially replicate many times over our new facility designed to produce 10 000 vehicle stacks per year.’ In other news, Hy-Hybrid Energy has begun a feasibility study to explore hybrid fuel cell drivetrains for heavy-duty transport, focusing on PEM and solid oxide fuel cell technologies for road, rail, marine, and aviation applications. The study will evaluate the role of coupled PEMFC–SOFC systems for various onboard energy/power requirements, such as main propulsion, hotel load, range-extender, and auxiliary power supply. The degree of hybridisation between the two fuel cell systems and onboard battery-supercapacitor energy storage will play an active role in the overall hybrid systems design. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies: Goldi Mobility: or Hy-Hybrid Energy:

Cummins showcases hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck


S-based Cummins unveiled its heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power, at the recent 2019 North America Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta, Georgia. The zero-emissions Class 8, 6×4 day-cab tractor is a technology demonstrator suitable for applications including regional haul, urban delivery operations, port drayage, and terminal container handling. The truck was designed and integrated by Cummins in Columbus, Indiana and includes a PEM fuel cell from Hydrogenics, a recent addition to Cummins [FCB, October 2019, p10]. The truck was designed for a 90 kW fuel cell, and is scalable in 30 or 45 kW increments up to 180 kW; it also has a 100 kWh lithiumion battery capacity. This gives the truck a range of 150–250 miles (240–400 km), which can be extended with additional hydrogen tanks, by increasing tank storage pressure, or by installing additional fuel cells to optimise management of the vehicle load factor. Many of the critical powertrain components, including the fuel cell, system controller, powertrain controls, wiring harnesses and junction boxes, were designed and developed by Cummins. To help original equipment

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manufacturer (OEM) customers and end users to envision how Cummins’ fuel cell power solutions can enable their success, the truck has been intentionally designed without collaboration from any of its OEM partners. Cummins recently announced a partnership with Hyundai Motor Company for hydrogen fuel cell technology across commercial markets in North America [October 2019, p14, and see next item], and an investment in fuel cell electric range-extender provider Loop Energy [October 2019, p10, and see page 6 in this issue]. In other news, Cummins has appointed Amy Adams as Vice President – Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies, in its Electrified Power business segment. Adams will oversee the Hydrogenics business and other investments and partnerships in Cummins’ fuel cell portfolio; she reports to Thad Ewald, Cummins’ VP of Corporate Strategy. Cummins, Fuel Cell Power:

Hyundai unveils fuel cell truck; NEXO in speed record attempt


yundai Motor Company premiered its HDC-6 Neptune Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck at the recent 2019 North America Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta, Georgia [see also above item]. The company’s engineers also achieved 106.160 mph (170.848 km/h) in a NEXO Fuel Cell passenger car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, which is hoped to set a new land speed record for the hydrogen fuel cell category, subject to FIA homologation. The HDC-6 Neptune Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck looks to the future in its design, in-cab technology, and propulsion system. ‘Today at this show, by showing HDC-6 Neptune, the first hydrogen-only concept for Hyundai Motor Company’s commercial vehicles, we will start exploring opportunities in the United States commercial vehicle market,’ says Edward Lee, Head of the Hyundai Commercial Vehicle Business Division. ‘Furthermore, we are willing to work with other partners to pave the way to establish a hydrogen ecosystem for commercial vehicles.’ Through its joint venture with H2 Energy in Switzerland, Hyundai [see also page 13] is commercialising fuel cell electric trucks by providing 1600 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to the Swiss commercial vehicle market, beginning in 2019 and going through to 2023 [May



obility – on land, on the water, and in the air – offers a prime opportunity for fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies, as we report in numerous items here. Toyota’s ‘Mirai Concept’ is the final-stage development model of its second-generation Mirai [page 2], and Renault is launching the Kangoo ZE Hydrogen and Master ZE Hydrogen vans, featuring Symbio range-extenders [page 5]. CaetanoBus unveiled its H2.City Gold fuel cell bus [page 2], with Agility Fuel Solutions supplying fuel storage systems [page 12]. And Goldi Mobility is collaborating with Horizon and Hy-Hybrid Energy to build and deploy buses in Europe [page 2]. Cummins unveiled a Class 8 heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power [page 3], and Hyundai premiered its HDC-6 Neptune Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck [page 3]. And Mitsubishi Fuso in Japan unveiled its Vision F-Cell concept light-duty truck [In Brief on page 5]. The H2Haul consortium will develop and test fleets of trucks and hydrogen stations [page 4]. The DOE and US Army will develop and demonstrate the H2Rescue fuel cell-powered emergency relief truck [page 4]. In Germany, Clean Logistics is converting diesel heavy trucks to hydrogen hybrid drivetrains [page 4]. And Loop Energy’s JV with IN-Power will produce heavy-duty motive power systems for Chinese electric buses and trucks [page 6]. BMVI is funding several German mobility projects [page 12], and APC is funding a project to integrate Intelligent Energy fuel cells into SUVs and buses [page 13]. Anglo American is preparing an Ultra-class mining truck for a project in South Africa [page 6]. Nikola Powersports will integrate a fuel cell into the Reckless electric military off-road vehicle [page 5]. And Plug Power is deploying fuel cell powered cargo tow tractors at Hamburg Airport [page 6]. Phase 1 of the Gaoming Tram Project in Foshan City, China is being commissioned [page 7]. Stadler will supply the first hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger train in the US, in California [page 1]. And Alstom is in a pilot project to test the fuel cell powered Coradia iLint passenger train in the Netherlands [page 7]. Helion is integrating a fuel cell module in a river barge [page 7], while Ballard is supplying modules to Behala, to power a push boat [page 7]. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is participating in the Pa-X-ell2 project, to develop fuel cells for seagoing vessels [page 8], while the PACBOAT project will integrate an SOFC onboard a cruise ship [page 8]. And Intelligent Energy will showcase fuel cells for UAVs at several demonstrations to fleet operators [page 8].

Steve Barrett

Fuel Cells Bulletin