HYZON Motors and ReCarbon to push green hydrogen-powered heavy trucks

HYZON Motors, who offer comprehensive clean transport solutions, is the world-leading fuel-cell mobility commercialisation spin-off of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. 

The company is focused on rapidly accelerating the adoption of zero-emission commercial vehicles.

Last month, the company opened Europe’s first dedicated Hydrogen Truck Production Facility in Groningen, the Netherlands. With this new European facility, the company expect to ship hundreds of fuel cell heavy vehicles by the end of 2021.

For this new Hydrogen Truck Production Facility, US-headquartered HYZON Motors have teamed up with Holthausen Clean Technology B.V. to offer high quality, locally built zero-emission commercial vehicles. These vehicles will meet European standards, reduce supply chain interdependencies, and create new local jobs in environmentally sustainable industries.

This is particularly exciting as the European Union member states and European corporations are actively seeking solutions to climate change. Heavy trucking has been at the forefront of the minds of many, especially as they are a significant contributor to carbon emissions. 

The announcement of this new Hydrogen Truck Production Facility follows the HYZON re-launch of the former General Motors’ fuel cell facility in New York. Not only this but HYZON also announced the commencement of HYZON operations in Australia; the company is rapidly expanding across the globe. 

Max and Carl Holthausen, joint Managing Directors of HYZON Motors Europe stated concerning this new production facility:

As a European pioneer in fuel cell vehicle commercialization, Holthausen Clean Technology has been delivering fuel cell trucks for years, and we are honoured now to join forces with our US partner, HYZON Motors, to bring the most advanced fuel cell truck technology to European customers. Made in Europe to meet European decarbonisation objectives.”

With this new initiative, HYZON Motors is at the centre of Europe’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. These efforts have sustainable transport at its heart. The European Union’s anticipated $140 Billion hydrogen economy by 2030 and the recently unveiled $9 Billion National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany, it is clear Europe is pushing for sustainable transport.

HYZON Motors and ReCarbon

Not only have HYZON Motors opened their new truck production facility, but they are also now in collaboration with ReCarbon, Inc. to commercialize green hydrogen-powered heavy trucks and buses.

ReCarbon Inc. is the creator of ReCarbon, an innovative technology platform that recycles carbon emissions into revenue-generating products. Specializing in building proprietary plasma generation systems, these systems convert carbon emissions into industrial gases.

George Gu, CEO of New York-based Hyzon Motors, Inc. stated in relation to this new partnership:

Offering green hydrogen mobility as a service is the cornerstone mission of our company. Our collaboration with ReCarbon creates an opportunity to provide this to fleet owners, to make the switch from diesel to hydrogen economically, while drastically reducing their carbon footprint from fuel to emissions.”

Dr Jay Kim, CEO of ReCarbon Inc. also stated concerning the new partnership: 

We are pleased to collaborate with HYZON Motors, to play substantial role in the proliferation of green hydrogen mobility to holistically address the issue of carbon emissions, across the entire global heavy mobility sector.”

George Gu on HYZON Motors
George Gu

Following these advancements in the company, along with their commitment to sustainability, CleanTech News spoke to George Gu to ask him more about HYZON motors.

What are your companies core values?

Integrity and Innovation. 

Why did you choose to develop a hydrogen-powered vehicle?

It was a 17-year-old dream that started when the Horizon founders were doing clean technology investments for Eastman Chemical Company. We believed hydrogen was the key for the world to go zero carbon. 

HYZON Stands for Hydrogen Mobility Powered by Horizon. We began with making fuel cell toy cars to educate the public and to build core technologies and got Time Magazine Best Invention Award in 2006. Over the years we grew the size of our fuel cells and the size of our vehicles. We started HYZON Motors early this year and are developing the world’s most powerful fuel cell engine and the heaviest fuel cell trucks. 

What are your sustainability goals?

Local waste, local fuel, local mobility, local resilience and local jobs.

What do you think are the benefits of sustainable modes of transport?

Zero-emission of greenhouse gas and air pollutants, energy resilience.

What makes your company stand out over other sustainable vehicle companies?

We are the few fuel cell vehicle companies with core fuel cell technologies which are critical for vehicle performance, cost and time to market. HYZON’s fuel cell stack has superior power and power density performance and can be used not only for trucks but also for forklifts, aircrafts, trains, boats, mining equipment, port equipment, etc. Horizon and its partners have already delivered hundreds of fuel cell trucks and now HYZON is able to ship the truck to first customers this year.

What are the benefits of hydrogen-powered technology?

Long-range, fast refill and zero-emission. Possibility to go to negative carbon.

How do you think your products could transform the transport industry?

We work with partners to decarbonize the transport industry by starting from the heavy truck sector, without adding customer additional cost. Our goal is to bring both affordable trucks and affordable hydrogen to end users, starting from now, not in 3 or 10 years.

What are the benefits to your collaboration with ReCarbon, Inc?

ReCarbon is one of the partners we are working with to bring negative carbon green hydrogen to truck customers. Biocarbon can be produced in the waste to hydrogen conversion process so it is carbon negative and greener. HYZON is working with pioneers to validate the technologies as well as the green business model, enabling worldwide adoption of green hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles in large scale. 

Catherine Gray

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