An artist’s impression of hydrogen fuel cell heavy trucks on Kiwi roads. Photo Credit: Hyzon

Environment New Zealand24. September 2020

First Zero-Emission Heavy Trucks to Hit the Roads of New Zealand Next Year

Thanks to a partnership between Hiringa Energy and Hyzon Motors, the very first heavy trucks fueled by zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells will be in service on New Zealand’s roads as soon as 2021.

“This is an exciting milestone for Hiringa Energy and our partners,’’ says Dan Khan, Hiringa’s chief technology officer. “The fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) truck market is growing rapidly, with enormous demand coming out of the US and Europe. So, for New Zealand to be able to secure this agreement with Hyzon demonstrates New Zealand’s leadership in how we are approaching the hydrogen FCEV opportunity.”

How does it work? The hydrogen is stored onboard the vehicle and the oxygen comes from the atmosphere. Together, they power the vehicle. The only thing coming out of the tailpipe is water vapor. The trucks will be able to cover a distance up to 500 km before needing to refuel. Hiringa plans on delivering 1,500 FCEVs by 2026. “New Zealand is set to be one of the first countries in the world to be able to offer a zero-emission national supply chain,’’ says Andrew Clennett, CEO of Hiringa.

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