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Australian company signs agreement to supply hydrogen cars to Norway

Australian hydrogen fuel cell car maker Global H2X signed an agreement with Norwegian hydrogen to develop a ‘full service’ framework for commercial hydrogen transport in the Nordic region.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the pair collaborate on the commercial delivery of hydrogen and a range of commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the Nordic region starting later this year.

The plan includes the development of a common commercial and operational framework that will enable local fleet operators to transition to zero-emission fleets with a full service provider.

Fleet operators will be able to drive H2X vehicles and refuel them at Norway’s Hydrogen stations.

H2X Global will start delivering vehicles to Norway later this year with the remaining fleet until 2025.

The company estimates its pilot plant in Hellesylt will produce up to 1.4 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to remove more than 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions and power 9,000 kilometers of zero-emission trucking per day. year.

Norwegian Hydrogen partnered last year with US-based fuel company FirstElement and Japan’s Mitsui to build a network of hydrogen refueling stations across northern Europe.

A report from the International Energy Agency says that 23% of global energy-related CO2 emissions come from the transportation sector alone.

H2X Global has been busy over the past six months securing agreements in Europe for the supply of its commercial fleet as well as initiating European vehicle verification and validation testing for its products. war.

The Australian-owned company has tendered with Swedish company Renova AB to supply 3.5-ton, 5.0-ton and 18-ton commercial vehicles to Sweden starting December this year, with the The final vehicle will be delivered in 2025.

H2X Global CEO and founder Brendan Norman said late last year the Warrego ute project was back on track following COVID-19-related supply shortages.

“It is extremely gratifying that our team now has the Warrego running through the final stages of its engineering, safety and on-road verification and production-ready,” said Norman.

H2X Warrego ute is based on the previous generation Ford Ranger and features a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain (FCEV) developed for light commercial vehicles, instead of a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE).

The first release of the AWD Warrego is said to feature a 260kW electric motor and 60kW fuel cell connected to a 30kWh battery and a supercapacitor electric powertrain. The system’s total torque output is yet to be announced, while the range is said to be over 400 km.

Production of the H2X Warrego ute will be carried out in Europe and Australia at its facility in Sale, Victoria.

It is billed as H2X’s technology demonstration vehicle, ahead of Darling commercial vans and passenger vans.

These models will be launched by the end of 2024 and will be built on a bespoke platform developed in partnership with KTM Technologies.


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