Sca­nia test­ing hy­dro­gen trucks with Asko shops

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

THE Nor­we­gian gov­ern­ment, Sca­nia and Nor­way’s largest con­ve­nience goods whole­saler Asko are test­ing elec­tric trucks pow­ered by hy­dro­gen fuel cells over dis­tances of al­most 500 km.

Asko aims to make its fleet of 600 trucks cli­mate-neu­tral, run­ning its trucks on bio-diesel and hy­dro­gen and in the longer term com­pletely on elec­tric­ity.

The Nor­we­gian gov­ern­ment is pay­ing for the pilot project while Sca­nia is sup­ply­ing three trucks with a gross weight of 27 tons. In­stead of a diesel en­gine, an elec­tric mo­tor gets elec­tric­ity from fuel cells and hy­dro­gen gas on board the ve­hi­cle.

Like jet-tur­bine power, hy­dro­gen cells hold the prom­ise of over­com­ing the lim­its posed by bat­ter­ies.

The rest of the pow­er­trains in the three trucks are com­posed of the same stan­dard com­po­nents used in the hy­brid trucks and buses that Sca­nia al­ready de­liv­ers. Three trucks will form part of the re­search project, with an op­tion for one fur­ther ve­hi­cle.

Var­i­ous in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines are part of Sca­nia’s mo­du­lar com­po­nent range, which in hy­brid drives are com­bined with pow­er­ful elec­tri­cal propul­sion. With suf­fi­cient elec­tri­cal en­ergy in bat­ter­ies, the ve­hi­cle is fully elec­tri­cally pow­ered for short pe­ri­ods.

Sca­nia is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in Swedish re­search to power trucks and buses with over­head pow­er­lines like old trol­ley buses, or wire­lessly via the road­way or from spe­cial charg­ing sta­tions. Such sys­tems will free up trans­port on set routes from the cur­rent range lim­its of bat­ter­ies. — Wheels Re­porter.

PHOTO: SCA­NIA

The ex­haust pipe of this hy­dro­gen truck from Sca­nia emits only wa­ter.

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