Together with Indian partner Adani and bus manufacturer Ashok Leyland, Ballard will develop a hydrogen fuel cell truck for mining transportation and logistics. The announcement follows the establishment of a collaboration with Adani Group, one of the major green hydrogen producers, more or less one year ago. This collaboration marks Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered mining truck.
The demonstration project will be led by AEL, a company focused on both mining operations and developing green hydrogen projects for sourcing, transporting, and building out hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Ballard (here’s a recent interview with VP Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Nicolas Pocard) will supply the FCmove fuel cell engine for the hydrogen truck and Ashok Leyland, one of the largest manufacturers of buses in the world, will provide the vehicle platform and technical support.
Ballard’s commitment in a hydrogen fuel cell truck in India
The fuel cell electric truck is scheduled to be launched in India in 2023. The hydrogen powered vehicle will weigh 55 tons, have three hydrogen tanks, a 200-km working range, and powered by Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel cell technology. “After signing a memorandum of understanding with the Adani Group last year, we are eager to move our partnership forward and welcome the chance to cooperate with cutting-edge businesses like Adani,” said Randy MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems. “Our technology offers a strong value proposition for their heavy-duty mining truck with our zero emission engines providing long range, rapid refueling and heavy payload capabilities.”
Vinay Prakash, Director, Adani Enterprises Limited and CEO, Adani Natural Resources said: “This pioneering and ambitious green hydrogen project holds a strong promise for India’s future energy self-reliance and is consistent with the vision of Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, of accelerating the use of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology in the commercial transport system. This experience of handling hydrogen as a fuel for commercial fleet not only prepones the advent of hydrogen technology for the mining and logistics sector in the country but will also enable other businesses to opt for long-term sustainable solutions transitioning fleets in ports, airports and in their industrial operations.”