Manufacturers including Nikola, Toyota, Hyundai and Daimler are at the forefront of fuel-cell truck production and recent developments have seen momentum grow. Start-up Nikola begins production on its fuel-cell models next year.
Nikola FCEV trucks will have a range of 500 km – 1,200 km depending upon model and configuration. In the US, it is anticipated that by 2028 Nikola vehicles will have access to a network of 700 refuelling stations using hydrogen from renewable sources that is to be rolled out by Nikola as part of its commitment to developing the long-haul FCEV truck market.
Meanwhile, Toyota has recently entered into a partnership with Kenworth Truck Company to produce fuel-cell trucks for the Californian market with a range of more than 300 miles under typical driving conditions. This follows Toyota’s successful trial of Class 8 fuel cell drayage trucks at the Port of Los Angeles. The trial was part sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, as part of its Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project.