Symbio, Michelin, Faurecia, GTI, along with other industry partners, on Tuesday (April 12) said they had been selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to work on the zero-emissions solution that is set to hit the roads next year (2023).

Once operational, the truck is set to run for 12 months on a challenging 400-mile roue between the Inland Empire and Norther San Joaquin Valley, to ensure its capabilities match those needed for regional-haul trucking operations.

It is believed the trucks will use hydrogen infrastructure provided by Air Liquide, Shell and Trillium.

Rob Del Core, General Manager of Symbio North America. “We are thrilled with this award – a testimonial of Symbio’s recognised fuel cell technology leadership and system integration know-how. We thank CEC for their vote of confidence in this team.

“This demonstration constitutes a major strategic inroad in the region where Symbio is stepping-up our investments in workforce and engineering integration capabilities in California.

“Ultimately through this project and the contributions of the whole team, we are determined to address current commercialisation barriers and accelerate the adoption of hydrogen-based heavy-duty mobility solutions in the goods movement market.”

California is arguably leading the way when it comes to hydrogen mobility, boasting numerous hydrogen stations, as well as fuel cell electric vehicles. Further to that, the state has also implemented many zero-emissions vehicle goals.

Building on the region’s momentum, the CEC’s hydrogen truck project is set to support California achieve its economy wide carbon neutrality goal by 2045.

Alexis Garcin, Chairman and President of Michelin North America, added, “We see this grant as a resounding vote of confidence from the CEX. Being chosen from a pool of strong applicants shows that Symbio is regarded as a tier-one name in hydrogen mobility.

“Michelin and Faurecia promote hydrogen through this joint venture, as we believe there is a way to develop mobility while protecting the environment. Hydrogen technology is a vital element in the electric vehicle revolution because it not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s also a faster-charging, longer-range option for electric vehicles. This award is a big step in our commitment to sustainable development and mobility.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.