Common Motors and Komatsu stated on Tuesday they’ll collectively develop a hydrogen gas cell energy module for the Japanese building equipment maker’s 930E electrical drive mining truck.
“Mining vehicles are among the many largest, most succesful autos utilized in any business, and we imagine hydrogen gas cells are finest suited to ship zero emissions’ propulsion to those demanding purposes,” Charlie Freese, government director of Hydrotec, the No.1 U.S. automaker’s gas cell unit, stated in a press release.
The 2 corporations stated they purpose to check a prototype of the hydrogen gas cell-powered 930E mining truck, which has a nominal payload of 320 tons, in the course of the last decade.
GM and Komatsu stated that as these mining autos often function at only one mine all through their lifetime, that ought to make it simpler to roll out hydrogen refueling infrastructure to service a car fleet.
Curiosity in hydrogen gas cells to energy vehicles and vans has grown as fleet operators search a extra sensible different to electrical autos. Hydrogen’s fundamental problem is infrastructure, which is simply too scant to assist fleets as we speak.
Whereas a lot of the world’s combustion engine automobiles and short-distance vans and lorries ought to be changed by battery electrical autos (BEVs) over the subsequent 20 years, fuel-cell proponents and a few long-haul fleet operators say batteries are too heavy, take too lengthy to cost and will overload energy grids.
The identical applies for heavy autos like mining vehicles, which might require huge batteries to maneuver any distance.
Final week, GM and Autocar Industries stated they’ll collectively develop hydrogen-powered heavy autos – similar to cement mixers, dump vehicles and refuse vehicles – the primary of which ought to go into manufacturing in 2026 at Autocar’s plant in Birmingham, Alabama.