Scania pioneers hydrogen powered trucks with ASKO

As part of a major development for Scania, the commercial vehicle manufacturer has commenced operations of four hydrogen gas trucks with an electric driveline it announced overnight.

In partnership with Norwegian wholesaler ASKO, Scania is running the 6×2 vehicles, each with a gross vehicle mass of 26 tonnes, out of Trondheim in central Norway where ASKO's gas station is based.

The next phase of the venture is a pilot program, the first of its kind, which will form the basis of further research and development involving fuel cell trucks powered by hydrogen gas for the two companies.

Scania, per usual, is approaching the venture with its modular approach.

The internal combustion engine in the powertain on the four trucks is replaced by an electric machine, powered by electricity from fuel cells supplied with hydrogen using rechargeable batteries.

It delivers 210 kW of continuous output with a 2-speed transmission generating 2200 Nm peak torque.

The range of operation has been estimated between 400 and 500 kilometres.

Standard components used in the hybrid trucks and buses that Scania already delivers make up the remainder of the powertrain.

“Scania continues to work with cutting edge technology that supports the shift to fossil free transport. An important part of this is done together with some of our most
progressive partners, such as ASKO, in customer-near development”, says Karin Rådström, Scania Head of Sales and Marketing.

There is no one-size-fits-all-universal solution within electrification of heavy commercial vehicles.

As with the combustion engine-technology, Scania is working with its electrification roadmap in the same way — a multi-facetted approach with a broad range of
solutions.

To date, the company has researched and developed different kinds of bio-fuelled hybrid-electric technologies, as well as fully-electric vehicles.

Scania’s battery electric bus was launched in 2019 and at present the company is working on electric vehicles that can be charged via electrified roads or through hydrogen-powered fuel cells as demonstrated by the progam with ASKO.

According to Rådström, hydrogen gas remained an interesting option for long haulage electrified transport and in early tests the technology has shown it works well in a colder climate.

“We will continue to monitor the performance of these trucks closely. I also want to commend ASKO for taking early and bold steps to ensure a supply of hydrogen sourced from renewable
sources and infrastructure for fuelling,” she said.

Rådström added that as a company ASKO proved itself as a “player who really take action to catalyse a shift toward sustainable transport.”

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