Air Liquide, Hyundai, Nel, Nikola Motor, Shell and Toyota have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and test hydrogen fueling hardware for heavy-duty (HD) vehicles.
Under the MOU, the vehicle and infrastructure companies plan to test pre-commercial 70MPa hydrogen heavy-duty vehicle high-flow (H70HF) fueling hardware for future Class 8 (40-ton) trucks. The industry group has created specifications for the fueling nozzle, vehicle receptacle, dispenser hose and breakaway device components for the purpose of developing a request for proposals for suppliers.
The group is requesting notification of suppliers’ intent to participate in a pre-commercial development and test program designed specifically for this fueling hardware. The hardware samples will undergo performance tests in accordance with the appropriate SAE/ISO/CSA industry standards.
“Heavy-duty fuel cell trucks offer the same range as their conventional diesel counterparts, and fueling hardware is being developed to fill in 10 minutes,” says Jesse Schneider, executive vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at Nikola Motor. “Key members of the industry have joined forces to evaluate HD fueling hardware to make this a reality. The goal is to enable interoperability so that any HD [fuel cell electric vehicles] can fuel at our hydrogen stations and we can fill at any of theirs, just like diesel today. This is a big first step.”
For parties interested in submitting a quotation for a development project, send an email by March 4 to HDH2Hardware@HeavyDutyHydrogen.com.