Monday, 10 July 2017

UPS begins testing Hydrogen fuel-cell Delivery Truck

The first prototype of a fuel cell delivery truck from UPS is to be deployed in Sacramento this year. The truck contains a hydrogen cell powered power train, with converts compressed hydrogen gas to electricity, powering a 45kWh battery which runs on 10kg of hydrogen fuel.

Some other hydrogen powered vehicles use other energy to power some features, whereas hydrogen totally powers this truck. This move is just the next in a long line of developments that attempt to reduce emissions from delivery vehicles; the only by-product of these vehicles being water.

The vehicle will be deployed alongside additional trucks, in the California area, as this is the only place with enough existing hydrogen infrastructure. The trucks will need to be refuelled roughly every 125 miles.

The project was partially funded with a 2013 grant from the Department of Energy, which focuses on hydrogen fuel-cell technology in commercial delivery vehicles.

This post was compiled on behalf of Weald Technology by Sophie Lane, July 2017, and is a summary of an article from CNET. The full article can be read HERE:

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