Europa hydrogen-powered truck to launch later this year
Zepp.solutions has unveiled more specifications and the name for its new hydrogen fuel cell powered truck, the Europa, which is designed as a zero-emissions alternative to the diesel 4x 2 tractor unit.
It can pull an ISO trailer (13.6 m/45 ft container), and is based on a proven chassis from a major truck manufacturer.
With 350 bar hydrogen storage systems and more than 50 kg of usable hydrogen on board, it will have a range of more than 700 km. It will also be available in a 700 bar version with more than 80 kg of usable hydrogen, pushing its range to more than 1000 km on a single filling.
The usable electrical energy content of the hydrogen after conversion is more than 900 kWh and 1450 kWh for the 350 and 700 bar versions respectively.
The hydrogen-electric powertrain can also be fitted to other vehicle configurations such as box trucks, other axle configurations and cabs. The heart of the powertrain is a single Zepp X150 fuel cell module, with the option to integrate further stacks and/or modules for higher efficiency and longer range.
The X150 and Zepp’s hydrogen storage systems are also available as standalone units for integration into other vehicles or applications.
The Europa is aimed at the European transport sector. In most EU countries, the maximum gross combined vehicle weight is 40 tonnes. EU legislation increases this to 42 tonnes for zero-emissions category N3 articulated vehicles. Because the Europa weighs less than 2 tonnes more than its diesel counterpart, it will offer a similar payload capacity.