HVS celebrates hydrogen truck trailer

A Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) test vehicle has delivered its first trailer pull on a test track at UTAC, Milbrook.

Powered by hydrogen, the X2.0 is one of a series of engineering prototypes. Each testing phase focuses on different aspects of the vehicle design and will be used alongside computer-aided engineering models. This truck will provide real-world test track data, which when combined with dyno test data gathered to date, will be used to refine the vehicle set-up and provide systems calibration and optimisation. Specifically, data points from the vehicle's powertrain functional software and performance under physical tests, will now begin to be mapped to the virtual world.

According to HVS, the UK-built prototypes, all feature the HVS Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain that delivers a suite of features suited to heavy goods vehicles (HGV) operations. With fast refuelling, heavier payloads and long range, the truck offers comparable performance to traditionally fuelled commercial vehicles while emitting only water from the tailpipe.

John McKenna, chief technical officer at HVS, said: "It’s less than one year on from launching our HGV technology demonstrator, and we are already on the test track showing our incredible progress with our first trailer pull with a HVS fuel cell truck. It is the culmination of the team's hard work and commitment, and the support of our key development suppliers, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved in this milestone moment of our test programme. I can’t wait to see what more this vehicle can do."

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