Quantron Pledges Production Fuel Cell Truck in 2022

Fuel cell truck maker Quantron promises to have a market ready heavy duty vehicle available in the European market by 2022.

Its new Energon is a 44-ton truck with fuel cell for freight transport that can be fully integrated into logistic roles. It claims a maximum potential range of about 435 miles and employs 130 kW fuel cell, supported by a 110 kWh LFP battery powering the 445bhp engine, which is equipped with a 2-speed transmission.

The automaker’s fuel cell system uses the electricity generated either to be consumed directly in the engine or buffered in the on-board battery. It claims that owing to the high system efficiency of the fuel cell, hydrogen trucks have identical performance characteristics to normal diesel trucks.

However, the real advantage for heavy vehicle operators in urban areas is the local freedom from emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.  An increasingly attractive proposition as many major European cities prepare to tighten air quality regulations to the point of banning ICE powertrains completely.

Naturally, the larger range capabilities of fuel cell of BEV make the system far more practical for heavy truck operation. Additionally, hydrogen trucks also enjoy tax and toll exemptions as well as lower maintenance and operating costs than trucks with conventional diesel engines.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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