Air Products and Cummins have joined forces to roll-out hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the Americas, Europe and Asia – and they expect the demonstration phase to begin next year.

The duo today (26th July) said they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the effort which will see Cummins provide hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains to be integrated into selected OEM partners’ heavy-duty trucks for Air Products.

Under the plans, Air Products will begin the process of converting its global fleet of distribution vehicles to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and help the industrial gas giant achieve its plans to convert its entire fleet of 2,000 trucks to hydrogen.

As well as the trucks themselves, Cummins and Air Products will also work together to increase the accessibility of renewable hydrogen, including infrastructure opportunities that promote the adoption of hydrogen for mobility. 

On the plans, Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products, said, “We believe hydrogen is the future for heavy duty segments of the transportation market and we can demonstrate to the world its merits by being a first-mover in transitioning our heavy-duty fleet of trucks to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.”

“We are pleased to be working with Cummins to achieve our fleet transition goals. Sustainability is Air Products’ growth strategy and creates our growth opportunities, and nothing says more about our company’s approach to sustainability than a fleet of zero-emission vehicles on the road delivering product to customers every day.” 

Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO at Cummins, added, “This is another turning point for hydrogen and the energy transition. As we develop the technologies of tomorrow, we need the partnership of others to be successful, and this partnership with Air Products is the next step in leading the industry on the path to a zero-emissions future.”