Mississauga, Ontario-based Hydrogenics Corp., a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen fuel cell power systems, will supply six heavy-duty fuel cell power modules to GTI and TransPower for a set of Class 8 Navistar drayage trucks scheduled to be deployed in Southern California early next year.
The trucks are part of the California Air Resources Board’s California Climate Investments program, meant to enable the acceleration of low-carbon technology in commercial trucking applications. For this project, GTI is the program manager, TransPower is the vehicle integrator, Navistar is the chassis provider and Total Transportation Services Inc. is the operator. Hydrogenics’ fuel cells are expected to be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2018; additional terms were not disclosed.
“GTI is excited to be a part of this consortium, including Hydrogenics, that brings leadership and experience in their respective fields to propel the transition to a post-petroleum, heavy-duty trucking economy,” states Ted Barnes, research and development director at GTI. “In California, we are starting to see numerous examples of heavy-duty vehicle platforms moving successfully to zero-emission by adopting fuel cell technology.”
Daryl Wilson, president and CEO of Hydrogenics, adds, “Fuel cells continue moving towards widespread commercialization, and we are proud to expand our role within the U.S. truck industry. GTI and TransPower both have extensive experience and knowledge in fuel cell integration, and this project provides an ideal opportunity to build on our recent success in deploying one of the world’s first fully functional fuel cell trucks in Southern California. Hydrogenics’ heavy-duty fuel cells are now on over 30 freight and utility vehicles, as well as seven different transport platforms – including the recent world premiere of Alstom’s hydrogen-powered passenger trains in Germany.”