millionaire injection to develop a fuel cell truck

The hydrogen It attracts large manufacturers, such as Toyota, BMW or the Stellantis Group, but it is also the raison d’être of a few startups. This is the case of the French company Hopium, the American Hyperion and the Scottish HVS.

Hydrogen Vehicle Systems was founded in 2017 in Glasgow with the aim of developing, manufacturing and selling commercial hydrogen vehicles, from small trucks to large tractor heads. Your first heavy truck is on the way and UK government grants are key to bringing it to life.

At the moment, the HVS HGV is only a demo truck

Hvs Alpha 1

The UK relies on hydrogen as an alternative energy to traditional fuels and battery electric vehicles. He recently created the Advanced Propulsion Center (APC), an organization designed to support companies that investigate new mobility solutions, such as hydrogen.

As a result, the British division of Toyota has secured financing to develop a fuel cell Toyota Hilux of which a small series could be manufactured.

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The money has also reached HVS, a startup that, thanks to this injection, has achieved half of the financing necessary to create the HGS HGV, a tractor head with a capacity to tow up to 40 tons. In total, the project requires 30 million pounds and there is still no launch date for the truck, although there is a scale model that anticipates the design and technology of the HGV.

With respect to HVS HGVIan Constance, chief executive of the UK APC providing the funds, said: “Supporting vital research and development in the UK, now more than ever, provides the opportunity to invest in decarbonising transport and driving growth. in the automotive sector.

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HVS is enlisting the help of partners Fusion Processing, Grayson and PNDC (University of Strathclyde) to develop this truck, which should be the UK’s first hydrogen heavy-duty vehicle. The project must be executed between September 1 and June 30, 2025.

HVS is committed to the fuel cell, with an electric motor that develops 200 kW (268 CV) and hydrogen tanks that can store up to 32 kg of this fuel at 350 bar pressure. In addition, the HGV truck has a KERS energy regeneration system to recharge its battery during braking and deceleration.

In principle, these tanks are enough to ensure an autonomy of about 500 km if the load reaches 40 tons. With less load, the HVS HGV could reach up to 830 km, according to the startup, a figure that would allow it to stand up to the Tesla Semi, Tesla’s electric truck that, according to the company, can tow more than 37 tons and offers a longer range. theoretical of more than 800 km.

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The design of the cabin of the HVS HGV is precisely reminiscent of that of the Tesla Semi. Both have a more aerodynamic look than traditional trucks to reduce the coefficient of air resistance and achieve maximum range. We also know what it looks like on the inside thanks to the scale demo HGV that has already been built.

HVS’s goal is to use this vehicle to carry out a test program before starting series production of the HGV. The startup’s plans include building a factory in Scotland where more than 600 employees that will produce the HGV with drive to the right and to the left, to reach other markets beyond the British. Meanwhile, the hydrogen refueling infrastructure across Europe should also grow.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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