Hyzon Motors Inc.’s hydrogen-powered truck will hit the road soon in California in its first customer trial in the United States. The company has signed a trial agreement with Total Transport Services Inc. (TTSI), a prominent port trucking company in Southern California. Under the agreement, Hyzon will provide a Class 8 heavy-duty fuel cell truck to TTSI for a 30-day trial in Q4, which will mark TTSI’s first experience with a zero-emissions vehicle capable of 400 miles range.
The vehicle, built on a 2022 Freightliner Cascadia chassis, is expected to have 600 peak horsepower and a range of up to 400 miles. Because of those specifications, the truck can be placed into TTSI’s existing operations, hauling up to 82,000lbs gross combined vehicle weight (GCVW), a standard load for TTSI, and taking advantage of the public heavy-duty hydrogen refueling station in Wilmington, CA, nearby TTSI’s Long Beach Custom’s House operations.
“Deploying the truck in real operations was a key requirement for us,” said Vic LaRosa, President of TTSI. “TTSI’s trucks run 18-20 hours each day, hauling heavy loads. Hyzon’s FCEVs provide the quick refueling and high performance necessary to meet these operational needs.”
“TTSI has led the way in contributing to California’s clean-air initiatives by implementing new technologies ahead of the curve,” said Hyzon CEO Craig Knight. “Their use case – high utilization, heavy loads, focused around a central location – is very common and is precisely what Hyzon has been fulfilling internationally. Through this trial, Hyzon and TTSI will demonstrate how zero-emissions trucking in the US can be achieved in the near-term.”
During the trial, TTSI plans to run a full load from Long Beach to Sacramento, before exhibiting the vehicle at the NorCal Fleet Academy & Expo, October 6-7, 2021. The company aims to eventually operate a 100% zero-emissions fleet, a goal which it has pursued for over a decade by adopting new, lower-emission technologies as they become available. Originally a fully diesel fleet, TTSI has been transitioning to LNG, CNG, and hybrid models. With Hyzon’s zero-emissions trucks, it could reach its sustainability goals quickly.