Air Liquide, Hyundai, NEL, Nikola Motor, Shell and Toyota have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The cross-industry group of both vehicle and infrastructure companies signed the MOU with the purpose to test pre-commercial 70MPa hydrogen heavy duty vehicle high flow (H70HF) fuelling hardware for future Class 8 (40 tonne) trucks.

The industry group has created specifications for the fuelling nozzle, vehicle receptacle, dispenser hose and breakaway device components for this HD application for the purpose of developing Request for Proposals to suppliers.

This industry group is requesting notification of suppliers’ intent to participate in pre-commercial development and test programme designed for this fuelling hardware.

The fuelling hardware samples will undergo performance tests in accordance with the appropriate SAE/ISO/CSA industry standards along with additional aspects for this emerging market.

“Heavy duty fuel cell trucks offer the same range of their conventional diesel counterparts and fuelling hardware is being developed to fill in 10 minutes. Key members of the industry have joined forces to evaluate HD Fuelling Hardware to make this a reality,” said Jesse Schneider, Executive Vice-President, Nikola Motor, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies.

“The goal is to enable interoperability so that any heavy-duty FCEV’s can fuel at our hydrogen stations and we can fill at any of theirs, just like diesel today. This is a big first step.”

“Hydrogen as fuel for the heavy-duty transport sector is showing great promise and traction, and we are now in the process of developing the next generation, high capacity stations for this segment,” said Jørn Rosenlund, SVP of Nel Hydrogen Fuelling.

“In order to enable commercial success for this segment, standardisation of fuelling hardware is a key,” Rosenlund concluded.

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