The trucks are powered by Hexagon Purus’ electric drive train and hydrogen storage system solutions as well as Ballard’s fuel cell module, the FCmove (see illustration).

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Hexagon Purus and Ballard Power Systems work together to produce Class 6 and 7 fuel cell electric trucks. The trucks are powered by Hexagon Purus’ electric powertrain and hydrogen storage system solutions, as well as Ballard’s fuel cell module.

The first prototype of the hydrogen truck will be delivered in the second quarter of 2022.

The truck will offer over 400 miles of range and refueling times comparable to traditional trucks, Ballard officials said in a press release.

Ballard’s eighth generation of the FCmove fuel cell module will provide an emission-free power source. The lightweight Type 4 hydrogen storage systems, the ProPack battery storage with high energy density and the fully integrated electrified accessory systems from Hexagon Purus will provide efficient and emission-free energy with long range for electrified commercial vehicles, company representatives said.

The company said the truck is expected to join California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) list of eligible vehicles in 2022. The first fleet operations will be in and around the Los Angeles Basin area.

“Our goal is to drive the energy transition through emission-free mobility solutions. We look forward to leveraging our extensive experience in lightweight, reliable, and safe hydrogen storage and battery-electric propulsion systems and working with Ballard to pave the way for zero-emission commercial transport, “said Todd Sloan, Executive Vice President, Hexagon Purus.