Presents together with Hyundai the first fuel cell eDaily
MADRID, Sep. 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Iveco and Nikola Corporation launched the battery-powered Nikola Tre for the European market on Monday, while also presenting the veto version of the same vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell, within the framework of the IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover (Germany).
The two vehicles, as indicated by the companies in a statement, offer autonomy of about 500 kilometers in the battery version and 800 kilometers in the fuel cell version in their initial configurations. Both companies have highlighted that the vehicles are one of the cutting-edge projects produced in their joint factory in Ulm (Germany), which has an assembly line designed specifically for electric vehicles.
Iveco and Nikola have stressed that the announcement represents an important step on the way to achieving the goal of net zero emissions and developing innovative technologies for sustainable mobility. The companies have also stressed that the modular approach applied to the Nikola Tre platform, capable of housing both battery and fuel cell propulsion technologies, paves new paths for the electric supply for the European market.
“Iveco Group and Nikola enjoy a strong partnership that began in 2019. Together, we have met every milestone on our way to deploying zero-emission heavy duty trucks in North America and Europe,” said Iveco CEO Gerrit Marx.
For his part, the president of Nikola Corporation, Michael Lohscheller, has emphasized that the battery and fuel cell Tre models represent “true changes in the game of commercial transport”. “Specifically developed as electric vehicles, they deliver a performance and driving experience that can rival their diesel-powered peers in the toughest heavy-duty missions,” he added.
IVECO AND HYUNDAI PARTNER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IVECO EDAILY
On the other hand, Iveco has presented together with Hyundai, also at the Hannover International Fair, the first hydrogen fuel cell Iveco eDaily.
The prototype is equipped with Hyundai’s 90-kilowatt (kW) hydrogen fuel cell system and a 140-kW electric motor. Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in March 2022, the companies have formed multiple joint working groups on various technology streams to explore ways they can complement each other in the development of electric vehicles and alternative drives.
In early July, the two companies announced the launch of Iveco BUS vehicles powered by hydrogen and equipped with Hyundai’s fuel cell system, with the expected significant benefits in terms of performance and emissions.
In addition to Hyundai’s 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell system and 140 kW electric motor, the vehicle has six tanks offering a combined storage capacity of 12 kilograms of hydrogen.
The 7.2-ton gross weight prototype has been tested in Europe and has a range of 350 kilometers and a refueling time of 15 minutes. The brands have explained that while the battery-electric eDaily is more suitable for short trips, the fuel cell eDaily is a better option for long-range deliveries with a high payload.
“Following the recent announcement that Iveco BUS will equip its future hydrogen buses with our fuel cells, the hydrogen-powered eDaily is another concrete example of what we can achieve by working together to accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality,” he commented. the head of Hyundai’s commercial vehicle development technical unit, Martin Zeilinger.
The Iveco group and the Hyundai consortium have confirmed that they are also examining other collaboration options, ranging from cross-selling products in certain regions of the world to joint developments in vehicle automation and connectivity.
In addition, Hyundai is also considering sourcing opportunities from FPT Industrial in the area of next-generation conventional powertrains for commercial vehicles.