The hydrogen truck Mercedes-Benz GenH2 will have a range of 1000 kmSeptember 18, 2020
Daimler Trucks presented a new strategy for the electrification of trucks at a special presentation in Berlin. The German company announced a hydrogen-powered truck, an electric tractor and talked about the technologies that will be used in the production of vehicles with zero CO2 emissions. According to Electrek, the main feature of the event was the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on fuel cells with a range of 1000 kilometers. Tests of the new model will begin in 2023, and serial production in the second half of this decade.
The GenH2 will be Daimler’s first fuel cell vehicle and will come with a custom hydrogen storage method. The company’s engineers decided to use liquid hydrogen (LH2) with an increased energy density instead of high-pressure gaseous H2. The main advantage of the new approach is the miniature and lightweight tanks that will be used to store fuel. Thus, the production model will have a total weight of about 40 tons and a payload of up to 25 tons, and inside there will be two tanks for liquid hydrogen, 40 kg each.
In addition to hydrogen cylinders, the truck will receive a 70 kWh battery, which will automatically turn on at peak load times. The peak power of the 330 kW electric motors will offer 449 hp. from. and 2071 Nm of torque.
Daimler representatives later said that “one partner” engineers were involved in the development of the new truck. Apparently, we are talking about Volvo Trucks, which entered into an agreement with parent company Mercedes in April this year. A new division, Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG.
The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros will appear in two variations. The first is the comparatively small eActros tractor with a 200 km range for transport within the city. It will go into serial production next year. The LongHaul version of eActros will be significantly larger and can travel up to 500 km on a single battery charge, but will not be available until the end of 2024.
Daimler Trucks CEO Martin Daum said the company will develop both concepts at the same time. Battery-powered trucks will focus on urban and local transportation, while hydrogen-powered vehicles will be suitable for long-distance cargo transportation, including international flights.
“With this combination, we will offer customers the best vehicle options for a variety of applications. The battery will be used with less weight and shorter distances. And fuel cell power will be the preferred option for heavier loads and longer distances, ”explained Daum.
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