Quantron will participate at IAA Transportation 2022 with a couple of new zero-emission trucks. The German manufacturer is working on multiple sides, either full-electric trucks or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, in order to strengthen its position in the mobility of the future. Let’s recall that Quantron has recently introduced its very first electric light truck, the QARGO 4 EV, which has been recently put on sales physically and online.
Quantron at IAA Transportation: the collaboration with Ballard
During the IAA press workshop held on June 28 in Frankfurt, Quantron CEO Michael Perschke announced that the cooperation with Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power System has reached a very important result, that is to say the very first hydrogen-powered truck developed from scratch. QUANTRON FCEV EU Heavy Truck for heavy-duty and long-distance is equipped with Ballard hydrogen fuel cells, as well as a cutting-edge e-axle from a leading global powertrain specialist (namely, Allison Transmission).
As highlighted by Mr Perschke, the FCEV truck will be available from the second quarter of 2023 onwards. The unique selling points include a range of up to 700 km, uncompromising suitability for everyday use with a cabin which provides drivers with overnight accommodation during long journeys as well as the option of using ISO standard trailers. The FCEV truck will feature a hydrogen tank capacity well exceeding 50 kg stored hydrogen. More into technical details, the electric motor has approx. 400 kW continuous power and battery capacity reaches 120 kWh.
The BEV heavy-duty truck based on the MAN TG3
At IAA, Quantron is also introducing a brand-new BEV heavy-duty truck based on the MAN TG3 (TGS and TGX), which is ideally suited for factory and distribution operations thanks to its low-noise and emission-free drive. The QUANTRON QHM BEV 50-392 is available in different configurations as a 4×2 and 6×2. It has a range of up to 350 km with a high-voltage 392 kWh battery and can be charged with power outputs of up to 350 kW. The first customers include companies that focus on sustainability and new technologies such as the waste disposal and logistics companies, Ansorge and DORR.
“We have the highest tank capacity as for 44-ton trucks”, commented Michael Perschke at the press event on the FCEV truck we’ll see in Hannover. “As well as integrating all the fuel cell components, we’ve put a lot of efforts in improving the truck’s aerodynamics. Looking at the future, our aim is to create an actual ecosystem and keep on collaborating with strategic partners, such as Ballard, for instance“. According to Perschke, diesel transportation cost will rapidly go up in the next few years. By the end of 2024, cost parity with BEV trucks is expected, at least some countries like the Netherlands, or the Scandinavian ones, where incentives are already available.