Isuzu and Honda have jointly developed their first fuel cell powered heavy-duty truck. The vehicle will be on display at Japan Mobility Show 2023, starting on October 28 in Tokyo. The truck is called Giga Fuel Cell and, according to the manufacturer(s), is capable of running 800 km without the need for refueling.
The GIGA FUEL CELL model on display at the Japan Mobility Show adopts the Lowdeck 8×4 rigid truck configuration, which is a typical configuration for trucks used for intercity transportation. Moreover, the GIGA FUEL CELL is equipped with an external power output function, so that it can leverage its large energy capacity unique only to FC vehicles, that use hydrogen as a fuel, and serve as “mobile power station” as needed, such as in times of a disaster.
The fuel cell truck developed by Isuzu and Honda
The truck total weight is 25 ton with 56 kg hydrogen tank capacity and 320 kW rated output of the electric motor. Four fuel cell stacks can be installed, each with 130 kW power.
Since the signing of an agreement in January 2020 to conduct joint research on FC-powered heavy-duty trucks, the two companies have been working on the verification of the compatibility of the FC system and heavy-duty trucks and the establishment of a foundation for basic technologies such as vehicle control technologies.
Isuzu and Honda plan to launch their fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck in 2027.