Norwegian wholesaler trials Scania hydrogen-powered electric trucks21 January 2020

Norwegian food wholesaler ASKO is trialling four electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells in a pilot venture with Scania.

Scania’s modular approach sees the internal combustion engine replaced by an electric unit, powered by electricity from fuel cells fed with hydrogen and from rechargeable batteries. The electric powertrain delivers 290kW/210kW continuous output, with up to 2,200Nm of torque through a two-speed transmission.

The rest of the powertrain contains the same standard components used in the manufacturer’s hybrid trucks and buses already available on the market.

The 26-tonners on trial with ASKO have a 6×2*4 configuration and installed lithium-ion battery capacity of 56kWh. The 22kW AC on-board charger has a CCS charging interface. Hydrogen storage capacity is 33kg at 350bar, and the vehicles have an estimated range of between 400km and 500km.

Scania says this pilot will be the basis for further learning and development for both companies.

“Hydrogen gas is an interesting option for long haulage electrified transport and early tests show that the technology also works well in colder climate,” says Karin Rådström, the truck maker’s head of sales and marketing.

Laura Cork

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