The Swedish company has said the new truck will have a range of up to 1000km (621 miles), comparable to many diesel trucks, with a refuelling time of less than 15 minutes. Two fuel cells will generate 300kW of electricity to drive the 65+ tonne vehicle.

Cellcentric, a joint venture between Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG are due to supply fuel cells for the planned truck.

H2 View understands Volvo expects customer pilots of the vehicle will start within the next four years, with commercialisation planned towards the end of the decade.

Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, said, “We have been developing this technology for some years now, and it feels great to see the first trucks successfully running on the test track.

“The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will enable our customers to completely eliminate carbon dioxide exhaust emissions from their trucks, no matter transport assignments.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.

“We expect the supply of green hydrogen to increase significantly during the next couple of years, since many industries will depend on it to reduce carbon dioxide. However, we cannot wait to decarbonise transport, we are already running late. The fuel cell trucks will then be an important complement for longer and heavier transports in a few years from now.”

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) part of Volvo Group last week (June 13) announced it had started testing its hydrogen fuel cell-powered articulated hauler prototype.

Read more: Volvo starts testing on ‘world’s first’ hydrogen-powered articulated hauler

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.