Navistar in three-way fuel cell truck partnership
By Mike Brezonick27 January 2021
Navistar, General Motors and OneH2, have announced the introduction of what they called “a complete solution for customer implementation of a zero-emission long-haul system.” The system consists of a Navistar truck powered by GM’s Hydrotec fuel cell system and refueled by OneH2’s modular hydrogen production and refueling system.
The truck and refueling system will be piloted by one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., a subsidiary of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
“Hydrogen fuel cells offer great promise for heavy duty trucks in applications requiring a higher density of energy, fast refueling and additional range,” said Persio Lisboa, Navistar president and CEO. “We are excited to provide customers with added flexibility through a new hydrogen truck ecosystem that combines our vehicles with the hydrogen fuel cell technology of General Motors and the modular, mobile and scalable hydrogen production and fueling capabilities of OneH2. And we are very pleased that our valued customer J.B. Hunt has committed to utilize the solution on dedicated routes and to share key learnings.”
Navistar plans to make its first production model International RH Series fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) commercially available in model year 2024. Test vehicles are expected to begin the pilot phase with J.B. Hunt at the end of 2022. Navistar said the integrated solution will be competitive with other powertrain offerings with a target range of 500 miles or more and a hydrogen fueling time of less than 15 minutes.
For more details on the program and vehicle, click here.