The company develops the world’s first hydrogen combustion engine for commercial trucks
ULEMCo, a company based in the United Kingdom, has developed a new combustion engine that makes use of hydrogen fuel. The company is using the new engine to drive a commercial truck, a Volvo FH16. ULEMCo plans to start testing the truck later this year to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel. The truck will be the first of its kind to use hydrogen without also using a fuel cell system.
The truck does not require a fuel cell system
It is expected that the new truck could travel about 189 miles with approximately 17 kilograms of hydrogen fuel. The vehicle’s combustion engine will operate similarly to conventional engines. The main difference, of course, is that it will use hydrogen instead of diesel. Because the truck does not need a fuel cell system, its costs are aligned with those of other commercial vehicles. ULEMCo, however, had to install additional storage equipment for the truck to make effective use of its hydrogen supply.