This collaboration enables both companies to offer the world’s first electric, fuel cell-powered Class 6 trucks (up to 12.5 tons) capable of supporting middle-mile delivery logistics between warehouses and distribution centers.
The zero-emission commercial trucks produced by the partnership will be powered by an integrated hybrid-electric drivetrain consisting of Plug Power’s ProGen fuel cell engines coupled with Lightning Systems’ electric vehicle drivetrain and batteries.
Lightning Systems also will offer customers advanced diagnostics and analytics powered by its artificial neural network technology, says the company. This technology enables customers to easily track vehicle and fuel cell system data for analysis, driver training and route optimization.
Final production and testing of the new vehicles will be completed at Plug Power’s headquarters in Latham, N.Y., before they are made commercially available to the public in the third quarter of 2020.
Plug Power and Lightning Systems will deliver both standard and long-range Class 6 trucks through their partnership, taking full advantage of the value that fuel cells offer in commercial fleets where high-utilization, long-range, fast-fueling and maximization of cargo volume and payload are important. Plug Power’s ProGen engines provide 90 kW of fuel cell power and utilize the latest generation of the company’s proprietary MEA and metal plate stack technology. The standard vehicle offering includes 20 kg of on-board hydrogen storage, delivering an average range in excess of 200 miles. An extended range option is also available, effectively doubling the standard average range to 400 miles.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Lightning Systems to expand our ProGen offerings with a new Class 6 trucking solution,” says Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “This partnership allows us to meet our customers’ needs at every stage of their journey from fuel cell-powered forklifts on the warehouse floor to last-mile delivery and now middle-mile delivery between distribution centers as well.”
Photo: A delivery truck equipped with Plug Power fueling solutions