California truckers can now convert their big diesel rigs to hydrogen electric power

ROCHESTER, NY – Truck drivers in California now have the option to convert their older diesel rigs to fuel cell electric trucks.

Hyzon Motors, which develops zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric utility vehicles, announced on Tuesday that the California Air Resources Board has certified its Class 8, 7 and 6 Repowers as exempt from emissions requirements, allowing the company to sell fuel cell electric vehicles. trucks in California.

According to a press release, Hyzon’s Repower program allows customers to trade in their used diesel trucks for a fuel cell electric conversion using Hyzon’s technology.

The company touts that its converted platforms offer:

  • Faster production, more affordable and less waste than the average new vehicle build;
  • No learning a new vehicle — it’s the truck the driver is used to, just with a new identity under the hood; and
  • An extension of truck life, even more than a driver would receive by replacing the engine alone.

With this new California certification, Hyzon officials say they plan to offer the first commercially available Class 8, Class 7 and Class 6 repowered fuel cell electric vehicles in California.

“While FCEVs have received interim approvals for testing and fuel cell electric buses have received CARB certification, no known heavy-duty or medium-duty FCEVs are currently available, based on the list provided by California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project,” according to a Hyzon press release.

“We are proud to join the list of vehicle and technology providers certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as zero emissions and plan to lead the deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial operations in California,” Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon Motors, said. “Our technology has already proven itself in daily commutes at the Port of Long Beach, and we look forward to putting more clean trucks on the road. Drayage operations are a particularly attractive use case for hydrogen, and we expect rapid adoption in California.

Truck Specifications

  • Typical battery life: 375-500 miles
  • Electric motor power: 320 kW (429 hp) continuous, 450 kW (603 hp) peak
  • Electric motor torque: 1,180 lb-ft continuous, 1,770 lb-ft peak
  • High voltage battery energy: 110kWh
  • Powertrain voltage: 650 volts
  • Maximum speed: ruled at 55 mph (by customer request, 75 mph capability)
  • Fuel cell power: 120kW
  • On-board hydrogen: 50-70kg
  • Working pressure cylinders: 350 bar

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