Hydrogenics Corporation has been awarded a contract to deliver four HyPM™-HD90 fuel cell systems to be integrated into Scania hydrogen trucks owned and operated by ASKO, Norway’s largest convenience grocery wholesaler with a fleet of 600 trucks. The first Scania hydrogen-powered vehicles are expected to be operational by late 2018.
“By signing this contract for our first four fuel cell operated trucks, ASKO has reached another milestone on the path to achieving our 2020 environmental goals of reducing energy consumption by 20%, being a self-sufficient provider of clean energy, and using 100% renewable fuel. We are happy to have the most competent partners contracted for this project, including Scania for the truck, Hydrogenics for the integrated fuel cell and tank system, and Thermo King for the self-powered truck temperature control solution,” said Jørn Arvid Endresen, CEO of ASKO Mid Norway.
“We’re pleased to have been selected to supply our innovative PEM fuel cells to ASKO for their hydrogen truck project,” added Daryl Wilson, President & CEO of Hydrogenics. “ASKO is at the forefront of clean energy transportation, and we look forward to being a part of implementing this zero-emission vehicle initiative in Norway. Likewise, Scania is a world leader in the manufacture of trucks and buses for heavy duty transport, and our HyPM HD fuel cells are perfectly suited to powering their truck platform.”
Last year, Scania announced ASKO will start testing its hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Moreover, Nel ASA has been awarded a contract by ASKO for the delivery of a new solar-powered hydrogen production facility and fueling station solution in Trondheim, enabling delivery trucks to be fueled with locally produced renewable hydrogen.