Scania testing hydrogen trucks with Asko shops
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.
The exhaust pipe of this hydrogen truck from Scania emits only water.