One day your new Iveco truck or bus might come with a powertrain driven by hydrogen power and emitting only water vapor.
CNH Industrial, parent company of Iveco and FPT Powertrains, as well as agriculture and machinery brands Case IH and New Holland, has shown a hydrogen fuel cell concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany.
The Italian manufacturer is no stranger to looking beyond diesel – the group didn’t have any diesel-powered vehicles on show at all this year, instead there were vehicles powered by electricity and natural gas.
But it’s CNH Industrials first real step into hydrogen fuel cell technology that has captured most of the attention.
An R&D team from the FPT division has been working on the project with a view to producing a zero-emissions transport solution for heavy duty vehicles in the future.
And they say they are working towards being able to deliver the level of performance, autonomy, efficiency and reliability that the sector demands.
Here’s what CNH Industrial said about the concept…
This Concept has been designed with a carbon fibre, high-resistance fuel tank from which the hydrogen flows directly into the fuel cells to generate the electricity that powers a 400kW engine.
It is this combination of electricity and fuel cells that creates a zero emissions vehicle and demonstrates that hydrogen is the next phase in the development of the use of natural gas in long-haul commercial vehicles requiring zero nitrogen oxides, zero particulate matter and zero CO2.
CNH Industrial also believes the technology might not just eradicate exhaust emissions on the vehicle – but through the use of green power in hydrogen production a virtuous cycle could be achieved.
We will continue to keep you updated as further details come to hand.
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