One of the technology solutions that Scania has explored with its customer ASKO is fuel cell trucks powered by hydrogen. This venture now goes into the next phase with four trucks being put into real operation in a pilot that is one of the first of its kind. The pilot will be the basis for further learning and development for both companies. ASKO and Scania also celebrated the start of operations of the wholesaler’s hydrogen station in Trondheim.
“Scania continues to work with cutting edge technology that supports the shift to fossil free transport. An important part of this is done together with some of our most progressive partners, such as ASKO, in customer-near development”, said Karin Rådström, Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania.
“Hydrogen is an interesting option for long haulage electrified transport, and early tests show that the technology also works well in colder climate. We will continue to monitor the performance of these trucks closely. I also want to commend ASKO for taking early and bold steps to ensure a supply of hydrogen sourced from renewable sources and infrastructure for fueling. The company is a player who really take action to catalyze a shift toward sustainable transport,” added Rådström.
As always, Scania’s work is based on a modular approach. In the four trucks deployed in ASKO’s operations, the internal combustion engine in the powertrain is replaced by an electric machine, powered by electricity from fuel cells fed with hydrogen.