Ballard Power Systems will partner with Kenworth truck company to help create an advanced power solution for heavy-duty motive requirements that will utilise Ballard’s FCveloCity ®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell engine in conjunction with on-board hydrogen (H2) fuel supply.

Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rob Campbell, stated, “We are now seeing growing demand in key global trucking markets for zero-emission and efficient propulsions systems that provide the trucking industry with the traditional range and refuelling times provided by legacy diesel solutions.”

Kenworth Truck Company, a market-leading builder of heavy and medium duty trucks, will build a hybrid class 8 drayage truck. The truck will have an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles, and on-board H2 fuel will provide sufficient range for a full day in regional haul applications.

The drayage truck is planned to haul shipping containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to area warehouses and intermodal facilities during a two-year demonstration programme.

Patrick Dean, Kenworth chief engineer said, “California is considering regulations that will require zero-emission levels for port drayage trucks operating in specifically designated areas. We look forward to playing a leadership role to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project is funded by the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Centre for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a non-profit organisation that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability, will lead the proposal development effort and is acting as project coordinator.