Isuzu and Honda demo hydrogen fuel-cell heavy truck in Japan

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The end of December saw Japanese automakers Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor Co. begin the public demonstration and testing of their fuel-cell powered heavy duty truck ‘Giga Fuel Cell’ in Japan.

Previously unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 in October last year, the demonstration is set to run through to September 2024.

The two companies will use this time to continue making progress in collecting data, amassing knowledge and identifying technical issues in preparation for a 2027 market launch.

If proven successful, it will verify the potential of the hydrogen fuel technology and the practicality of fuel-cell trucks in heavy duty logistics.

The truck is powered by four 103kW solid polymer fuel-cell stacks supplied by Honda, supported by a lithium-ion battery pack.

The automakers believe hydrogen fuel-cell technology will be effective in achieving carbon neutrality of heavy duty trucks which are required to achieve high efficiency transportation.

The new truck will hopefully have the capability for long-distance driving, large load capacity and quick refuelling.

Since the signing of an agreement in January 2020 to conduct joint research on fuel-cell powered heavy duty trucks, Isuzu and Honda have been working on the verification of the compatibility of the system and heavy duty trucks and the establishment of a foundation for basic technologies such as vehicle control technologies.

The two companies are planning to introduce the production model to market in 2027 by fully leveraging the technology, experience and knowledge gained through the joint research.

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