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World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company

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A new zero-emission hydrogen-fueled truck has been developed by a team of engineers based out of Liverpool and it will hit the roads soon. The world’s first 100% hydrogen combustion truck is a joint product of a partnership between Innovative UK and hydrogen specialists ULEMCo. Volvo’s FH16 truck, which is pretty popular, has been modified to demonstrate how powerful hydrogen fuel can be when comes to moving heavy cargo loads.

According to the makers, this hydrogen-powered vehicle differs from the others as it is a Mega Low Emission truck (MLE). This means that the vehicles use hydrogen to power a combustion engine rather than fuel cells and a motor.

(Source: Tallbloke’s Talkshop)

Engineers at ULEMCo pointed out that normal hydrogen cars still put out emissions that contain carbon monoxide. They say that the 100% hydrogen combustion truck does not emit these elements through its more conventional engine model.

Using traditional engine and truck designs allows the engineers to bypass the transformation needed for electrification and the time frame to reach zero carbon emissions is reduced. “We are hugely excited about the potential for hydrogen fuel as a route to faster achievement of zero carbon emission in commercial vehicles,” said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “With this MLE demonstrator, co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, we are showing that 100% hydrogen fuel in combustion engines is a practical and cost-effective option. It sits well alongside the hydrogen dual-fuel conversions that we have already implemented commercially.”

World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company(Source: Interesting Engineering)

ULEMCo has previously converted diesel engines to hydrogen-fueled engines.

But, this is the first time they have created a 100% hydrogen combustion truck. It is all set to have at least 300 horsepower with 17 kg of hydrogen on board and a range of 300 km when unloaded. The company currently wishes to work with large fleet owners looking to replace their current fleets.

It would be preferred if they operate in urban areas.

ULEMCo said in a press release that the initial retrofit plans might include garbage collection trucks and local deliveries.

World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company(Source: SlashGear)

This is a major breakthrough in hydrogen-powered vehicles but there is still a problem and that is the fuel of these vehicles.

These vehicles will struggle to become mainstream and will continue to do so as long as the problem of fueling is not solved.

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References

  1. ^ (wonderfulengineering.com)
  2. ^ (wonderfulengineering.com)

World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company

Advertisement

A new zero-emission hydrogen-fueled truck has been developed by a team of engineers based out of Liverpool and it will hit the roads soon. The world’s first 100% hydrogen combustion truck is a joint product of a partnership between Innovative UK and hydrogen specialists ULEMCo. Volvo’s FH16 truck, which is pretty popular, has been modified to demonstrate how powerful hydrogen fuel can be when comes to moving heavy cargo loads.

According to the makers, this hydrogen-powered vehicle differs from the others as it is a Mega Low Emission truck (MLE). This means that the vehicles use hydrogen to power a combustion engine rather than fuel cells and a motor.

(Source: Tallbloke’s Talkshop)

Engineers at ULEMCo pointed out that normal hydrogen cars still put out emissions that contain carbon monoxide. They say that the 100% hydrogen combustion truck does not emit these elements through its more conventional engine model.

Using traditional engine and truck designs allows the engineers to bypass the transformation needed for electrification and the time frame to reach zero carbon emissions is reduced. “We are hugely excited about the potential for hydrogen fuel as a route to faster achievement of zero carbon emission in commercial vehicles,” said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “With this MLE demonstrator, co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, we are showing that 100% hydrogen fuel in combustion engines is a practical and cost-effective option. It sits well alongside the hydrogen dual-fuel conversions that we have already implemented commercially.”

World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company(Source: Interesting Engineering)

ULEMCo has previously converted diesel engines to hydrogen-fueled engines.

But, this is the first time they have created a 100% hydrogen combustion truck. It is all set to have at least 300 horsepower with 17 kg of hydrogen on board and a range of 300 km when unloaded. The company currently wishes to work with large fleet owners looking to replace their current fleets.

It would be preferred if they operate in urban areas.

ULEMCo said in a press release that the initial retrofit plans might include garbage collection trucks and local deliveries.

World’s First 100% Hydrogen Combustion Truck Is Being Made By A UK-Based Company(Source: SlashGear)

This is a major breakthrough in hydrogen-powered vehicles but there is still a problem and that is the fuel of these vehicles.

These vehicles will struggle to become mainstream and will continue to do so as long as the problem of fueling is not solved.

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[1][2]

References

  1. ^ (wonderfulengineering.com)
  2. ^ (wonderfulengineering.com)

Transport GoM calls for uniform road tax

The GoM has also recommended one national bus and taxi permit on the lines of permits for goods transporters.

Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: A group of ministers (GoM) on transport constituted by the roads ministry has recommended a uniform road tax structure for vehicles across states. At its meeting in Guwahati on Thursday, the GoM headed by Rajasthan transport minister Yunus Khan said the move will end the practice of people registering their vehicles in low-tax states and using them in other states. The move will also bring relief to consumers moving across states.

The GoM has also recommended one national bus and taxi permit on the lines of permits for goods transporters. “Public transport in the country is growing annually at a rate of just about 2%, as against a 20% annual growth in private transport. Therefore, a national permit will give the much-needed fillip to public transport and help reduce road congestion,” the committee observed. The group was constituted to find a solution to the various problems plaguing the road sector in the country.

It was also asked to suggest ways to improve road safety and facilitate ease of transport. Thursday’s session, inaugurated by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, was focused on “One Nation, One Tax” and “One Nation, One Permit” proposals. The GoM also proposed to liberalize the permit system for electric vehicles to promote alternative fuels.

It suggested raising the tax on diesel vehicles by 2% while lowering the tax on electric vehicles. In December, a 24-member select committee of the Rajya Sabha had also suggested an “open road policy” like the “open sky policy” where all bus permits would be made national permits. “It was submitted before the committee that if a bus has to ply in five southern states, then it has to pay permit fees of Rs42 lakh every year…The ministry of road transport and highways informed the committee that if the states agree to One Nation, One Permit, One Tax then the revenues of the states will increase.

This will also reduce the chances of one operator taking a few permits and running a large number of buses,” the panel said in its report submitted to the Rajya Sabha.

The parliamentary committee in its report had said that it appreciates the idea of ‘One Nation, One Permit, One Tax’ especially if it increases the revenue of the states and had called upon the central and state governments to work out the modalities for implementing it.

First Published: Thu, Apr 19 2018.

10 27 PM IST

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