At the Japan Mobility Show, Honda and Isuzu are showcasing their jointly developed longe range hydrogen truck, called ‘Giga Fuel Cell’, for the first time. It’s a low deck 8×4 rigid truck, 12 meters long and with 25 tons capacity for intercity transports with a range of up to 800 kilometers, on one tank filled with 56 kg of hydrogen.
The electricity comes from a Solid polymer stack of four fuel cells of 103 kW, developed by Honda, feeding a 320 kW AC synchronous electric motor. A nice detail is the truck can serve as a ‘mobile power station’ in times of disaster, delivering an output of up to 530 kWh via its two CHAdeMO connector ports.
Starting onroad testing
Honda and Isuzu signed an agreement in January 2020 to conduct joint research on FC-powered heavy-duty trucks. Now, they’re ready to start demonstration testing of the prototype model on public roads before the end of March 2024.
In a press release, they say they want to “introduce the production model to the market in 2027 by fully leveraging the technology, experience, and knowledge gained through the joint research”.
They believe that fuel cell technology, utilizing hydrogen as fuel, and resulting in no CO2 emissions, will effectively achieve carbon neutrality for heavy-duty trucks, which are required to achieve high-efficiency transportation. That means the capability for long-distance driving, large load capacity, and quick refueling.