Class 8 hydrogen tanker in development by Michelin, Symbio and Faurecia

The California Energy Commission selected the collaboration for the state-backed project.

A collaboration between Symbio, Michelin and Faurecia, along with GTI and other industrial partners, has been selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the development of a hydrogen truck.

The project includes the development and demonstration of a Class 8 regional transport vehicle.

The CEC project is called the “Symbio H2 Central Valley Express” and is supported by $2 million in funding. It is intended for the development and demonstration of a hydrogen fuel tanker that will match the performance of a 15 liter diesel truck, using only a zero carbon solution. The vehicle will be used for regional haul trucking operations and all the demands that come with them.

Additionally, beginning in the second half of next year, the vehicle will be required to operate for 12 consecutive months on a challenging 400-mile route that connects the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire.

The vehicle will be located in California territory owned by natural gas investors. It will operate using both existing and future H2 infrastructure primarily provided by Shell, Trillium and Air Liquide.

The hydrogen truck project is intended to support the state’s 2045 goal to achieve carbon neutrality.

The Faurecia company of the FORVIA group intends to bring its expertise in H2 storage systems to supply a complete H2 storage system complete with five hydrogen storage tanks approved at 700 bars.

Michelin will provide low rolling resistance tires to ensure longevity, safety and environmental protection of vehicles while increasing load capacity. The technological advances in these tires have been adapted to heavy transport. The company globally supports the transition to cleaner and more efficient electric mobility solutions with an expanded range.

Symbio’s role in the hydrogen truck project will be the design, development and integration of a heavy-duty long-haul truck-ready fuel cell powertrain that is powered by Symbio’s fuel cell technology. . This technology is called StackPack, combined with Faurecia’s H2 storage system and low-resistance Michelin tires to result in a Freightliner Cascadia platform.

GTI will lead the administration of grants in this hydrogen tanker, while providing technical information.

GTI is a research and training organization. While providing technical information and program management, he will also lead grant administration and collect data.

Other partners in the project include the fleet operator who will demonstrate the hydrogen tanker truck, Total Transportation Services (TTSI), Frontier Energy who will provide community awareness, and the demonstration analysis will be conducted by Ricardo Strategic Consulting. Financial support will be provided by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Utilization Technology Development (UTD).

Zero-emission truck technology will play a vital role in decarbonizing California.

“We are delighted with this award – a testament to Symbio’s recognized leadership in fuel cell technology and systems integration know-how. We thank CEC for their vote of confidence in this team,” said Rob Del Core, General Manager of Symbio North America.

He went on to discuss the hydrogen truck project saying, “This demonstration is a major strategic breakthrough in the region where Symbio is ramping up investment in workforce integration and engineering capabilities in California. . Ultimately, through this project and the contributions of the entire team, we are committed to overcoming the current barriers to commercialization and accelerating the adoption of hydrogen-powered heavy mobility solutions in the transportation market. merchandise.

“We view this grant as a resounding vote of confidence from the California Energy Commission. Being chosen from a pool of strong candidates shows that Symbio is considered a leading name in hydrogen mobility,” added Michelin North America Chairman and President Alexis Garcin.

“Michelin and Faurecia are promoting hydrogen through this joint venture, because we believe there is a way to develop mobility while preserving the environment. Hydrogen technology is a vital part of the electric vehicle revolution, as it not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but is also a faster charging and longer range option for electric vehicles. This award is a milestone in our commitment to sustainability and mobility,” Garcin said of the hydrogen truck project.

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