The Delta-based company marks the world’s first hydrogen-converted armored truck to hit the road.
Following Hydra Energy’s announcement in April of the signing of its second heavy-duty fleet customer, Veteran Express Secure Logistics (VEXSL), announced the completion of the hydrogen conversion and the delivery of the first armored vehicle of VEXSL to immediately begin return-to-base transport routes in and around Edmonton.
This converted truck, the first of its kind, officially launches the VEXSL hydrogen project which, over the next few years, will include the conversion of nearly all of the remaining armored vehicles in the VEXSL fleet and the use of the fueling infrastructure in hydrogen on the grounds of Edmonton International Airport (EIA). This will allow VEXSL to perform its rapidly expanding secure transportation operations in Western Canada at fuel prices equivalent to diesel.
The announcement was made last Tuesday at Hydra Energy’s facilities in Delta.
“This is not just an exciting day for VEXSL in our quest to immediately reduce our environmental impact in the communities we serve, but also for trucking in general,” VEXSL CEO Cole Fouillard said in a statement. Press. “When I first learned about Hydra’s solution, I knew this was the transitional step I wanted to take with our existing fleet rather than waiting for expensive new zero-emission trucks at some point. .”
For Hydra’s hydrogen conversion process, this first VEXSL armored vehicle had hydrogen tanks and gas management components installed in the rear of the cabin and a dedicated secondary controller installed in the dashboard to control the hydrogen flow. This allows the truck to automatically run on hydrogen up to 40% of the time and smoothly switch over to diesel when the tanks run out of hydrogen.
“VEXSL is our second commercial fleet customer and a critical partner in building a hydrogen corridor in Western Canada that is helping to immediately reduce transportation emissions in the region, one fleet at a time,” added Hydra CEO Jessica Verhagen. “Cole’s commitment to the environment and innovation has been a pleasure and their special purpose fleet continues to showcase the flexibility of our hydrogen to diesel conversion kits. We look forward to converting more VEXSL trucks into a fleet of nearly two dozen vehicles. »