Joint Venture with Jiangsu Dewei Could Lead to Thousands
US Hybrid is helping take the hydrogen fuel cell into the Class 8 vehicle category, showing a Navistar International ProStar day cab fitted with an 80-kilowatt (107 horsepower) FCe80 fuel cell engine at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach – and announcing a joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials.
“Dewei is committed to the successful development of fuel cell technology for commercial buses and trucks,” said Dewei chairman Zhou Jianming.
The US FuelCell, Inc. joint venture is to commercialize the fuel cells at a factory in Connecticut.
TTSI for Real-World Trials
The truck shown in Long Beach is to be operated by TTSI/Total Transportation Solutions, Inc. as one of two demonstration tractors scheduled for delivery at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
“TTSI is excited to lead the demonstration of zero-emission fuel cell technology for port drayage in the San Pedro Ports,” said Vic LaRosa, TTSI president and CEO.
The US Hybrid fuel cell in the 80,000-pound GVW truck makes electricity for a 500-horsepower traction motor with 2,900 foot pounds of direct drive torque (3,750 Nm). Estimated driving range is 200 miles under normal drayage operation. The vehicle can be fully fueled in less than nine minutes.
‘A Vital Step’
“Demonstrating the viability of zero-emission trucks for goods movement is a vital step toward Southern California meeting its federally mandated standards for healthy air,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“These new fuel cell trucks will help protect the health of disproportionately impacted communities near our ports, rail yards, warehouses, and freight transportation corridors,” said Coalition for Clean Air president and CEO Joseph Lyou.
US Hybrid said too here that it “is well positioned to be a major U.S. manufacturer of fuel cell engines for the medium- and heavy-duty commercial transportation sector.” Via the pact with Dewei, the firm plans to expand its production facility in Connecticut.
Fuel Cells for Smaller Trucks Too
In addition to the FCe80, the US FuelCell, Inc. joint venture will focus on the production of US Hybrid’s 40-kilowatt FCe40 PEM/proton exchange membrane fuel cell engine for Class 6 and Class 7 trucks, and medium-duty transit buses.
“Dewei is committed to the successful development of fuel cell technology for commercial buses and trucks, as evidenced by our $42.8 million (RMB 300 million) investment in Chinese fuel cell production and establishment of a $428 million (RMB 3000 million) industrial fund,” said Dewei chairman Zhou.
“This new partnership with US Hybrid will enable US FuelCell to meet market demand cost-competitively in China, North America, and Europe,” he said.
“Our joint venture with Dewei will dramatically increase the availability of PEM fuel cell engines for commercial vehicles globally,” said US Hybrid president and CEO Abas Goodarzi, a 35-year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries.
“Given that heavy-duty engines are the leading source of smog-forming emissions in many metropolitan areas throughout the world, we are thrilled to provide an economically viable zero- tailpipe-emission solution to help cities achieve their air quality improvement and climate change mitigation goals.”
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach