Hydrogen-fueled truck hits the road

Hydrogen-fueled truck hits the road

7 June 2021 0 By administrator


In the process of transitioning to electricity, Daimler Trucks wants to use hydrogen-based fuel cells for flexible and challenging long-haul use. In this way, a range of 1,000 kilometers or more is aimed without refueling. The brand began extensive testing of the new and further improved prototype of the GenH2 Truck, introduced in 2020, at the end of April, marking an important step towards mass production. Daimler Trucks engineers test the fuel cell GenH2 Truck step-by-step down to the last detail. In addition to the standard test procedures within the scope of extremely demanding and extensive tests applied for vehicles and components; The focus is on uninterrupted use, different weather and road conditions, and various driving conditions. Daimler Trucks envisions testing the GenH2 Truck on public roads before the end of this year, with customer tests scheduled to begin in 2023. Following the tests, the first mass-produced GenH2 Truck is expected to be delivered to customers by 2027.

1.2 million kilometers of testing

Daimler Trucks development engineers are designing the GenH2 Truck to provide the same durability as a comparable Mercedes-Benz Actros. This means 1.2 million kilometers of travel, a 10-year lifespan and a total of 25,000 operating hours. That’s why the GenH2 Truck, like every new generation Actros, has to pass extremely stringent tests. The vehicle covered hundreds of kilometers on the dynamometer in rough handling conditions in just the first few weeks of testing, and was also tested in a wide variety of conditions, such as emergency braking in a track environment or driving on rough terrain.