Scania is working on a project to develop an initial 20 fuel cell electric trucks together with Cummins. These trucks will run on green hydrogen within the HyTrucks project. Although fully battery powered trucks remain Scania’s main strategy – as Head of Sustainability Andreas Follér reaffirmed in this exclusive interview – Scania has been part of various development projects for hydrogen technologies.
The fuel cell electric trucks will be built on Scania’s battery electric vehicle platform and leverage Cummins’ PEM fuel cell systems and hydrogen fuelling and storage solutions. Once Cummins has added fuel cells to the trucks, the 20 trucks will be delivered to HyTrucks in 2024, a jointly created initiative project in the Netherlands run by Air Liquide and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Scania and Cummins to collaborate event further on hydrogen
«We have been clear that battery electric is what we see as the main track for all applications. That said, we are open to what our customers want also with regards to other solutions, like hydrogen», explained Fredrik Allard, Head of E-mobility, Scania. It is also a great way to strengthen Scania’s collaboration with Cummins Inc even further. «In some operations and geographies were battery electric vehicles are not optimal, we see that fuel cell electric vehicle will be used. We keep a close dialogue with our customers on what is best both for their total operating economy and our planet».
Hydrogen is a good way of storing energy over long cycles, and will play an important role in decarbonisation if produced in an environmentally friendly way. According to the official statements, Scania is interested to learn what role green hydrogen can play. It might not be the most efficient solution but it is free of carbon. There are some types of transport that are hard to abate in other ways in the short run.