GAUSSIN, a pioneer in the clean and intelligent transport of goods and people, presented the H2 RACING TRUCK®, the most powerful 100% hydrogen racing truck ever built. It will compete in the World Rally-Raid Championship with the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia as its first stage. For the presentation, PSG football players were able to check out and discover the innovative Class 8 zero-emission truck, and Leonel Messi got into the driver’s seat. You can see the video here.
The GAUSSIN H2 RACING TRUCK® incorporates high-performance design to withstand extreme environments, and it is intended to demonstrate the performance and reliability of the hydrogen-electric motorization developed by GAUSSIN. The data and information collected during the 2022 Dakar Rally will be used to further develop GAUSSIN’s range of road trucks scheduled for launch from 2022.
“On January 12 in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, the Dakar organization presented its ‘Dakar Future’ energy transition program, which aims to make the Dakar 100% ‘green’ by 2030. The climate outlook announced by scientists is indeed alarming. We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last generation to act. By entering the first 100% hydrogen and electric truck in the Dakar, GAUSSIN intends to demonstrate the reliability and performance of its hydrogen road range in a difficult environment. New technologies based on renewable energies are available and mature and should help accelerate the energy transition. For the GAUSSIN Group and its partners, this project, which has now become a reality, represents a technological achievement and the fruit of years of work and experience in zero-emission mobility,” said Christophe Gaussin, CEO of GAUSSIN.
“We are delighted that Gaussin, a pioneer and visionary company in the transport market, is taking part in the Dakar Future initiative with a 100% hydrogen truck. By competing in the Dakar, Gaussin is laying the foundation stone for the energy transition we all want to see, and the Dakar is the ideal open-air laboratory for manufacturers,” commented Yann Le Moenner, CEO of Amaury Sport Organisation.
The H2 RACING TRUCK® is the first model in the new range of GAUSSIN’s zero-emission, 100% hydrogen road trucks that will be launched from 2022. Unlike the solutions currently available on the market, GAUSSIN’s hydrogen system has been developed for an ultra-light chassis designed around the hydrogen and electric powertrain, based on the modular skateboard launched last April by GAUSSIN.
The skateboard is available in a long-distance hydrogen version with a hydrogen refueling time of less than 20 minutes for 800 km of autonomy and in an all-electric version for short distances with a battery change time of 3 minutes for 400 km of autonomy.
High-quality components, input from dozens of experts recognized in their fields, thousands of hours of development and testing, certification of components by control organizations, vehicle approval: these are the safety measures implemented in the development and design of the H2 RACING TRUCK®. For example, the fuel cells have been bench tested under extreme conditions that go far beyond the usual tests performed by manufacturers for road operation. Safety continues to be a priority in this project even beyond vehicle certification.