Hyzon Motors (Hyzon), Performance Food Group, (PFG) and Chart Industries (Chart) announced the successful completion of Hyzon’s first commercial run with a liquid hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (LH2 FCEV).
Starting in Temple, TX, the truck completed deliveries to eight PFG customers near Dallas, TX, traveling over 540 miles on a 16-hour continuous run including over 100°F temperatures. The run – farther than the distance from Sacramento to San Diego – demonstrates the viability of onboard liquid hydrogen to fuel long-distance, zero-emission transport, the company said.
“With increased range and no added weight in comparison to our gaseous hydrogen trucks, we believe this liquid hydrogen demo run has demonstrated potential viability for the future of liquid hydrogen in commercial trucking,” Hyzon Chief Executive Officer, Parker Meeks, said.
Compared to gaseous hydrogen, the current industry standard, Hyzon said liquid hydrogen increases the amount of fuel onboard significantly thanks to increased energy density, with no changes to vehicle weight or payload. To maintain the energy-dense liquid state, hydrogen requires cold temperatures of negative 400°F. Hyzon partnered with Chart Industries to develop a tank system capable of storing liquid hydrogen at extremely cold temperatures and delivering it to the fuel cell system at the necessary pressure.
Liquid hydrogen as a fuel source has been estimated to be up to $5 per kilogram less expensive all-in to dispense than high-pressure gaseous hydrogen, which would provide meaningful benefits to fleet owners, Hyzon said.