Burnaby BC-based Loop Energy now has one its fuel cell range extending products working in a heavy-duty terminal tractor, or yard truck. The company’s partner China National Heavy-Duty Truck Company (CNHTC) is using the device.
The fuel cell range extender works in conjunction with battery electric heavy duty vehicles by enabling these types of trucks to go much further before having to recharge. In essence, Loop Energy offers heavy duty truck owners the ability to get more distance traveled, rapid refueling and zero tailpipe emissions.
"As the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and others around the world, strive to eliminate polluting diesel trucks from the movement of goods, Loop is ready to help clean the air," said Ben Nyland, president and CEO at Loop Energy. "This vehicle is the first hydrogen powered yard truck that has the potential to substantially reduce emissions from port operations while achieving cost targets demanded by trucking operators, without subsidies."
Designed around Loop Energy's patented eFlow technology to optimize air flow inside the fuel cell, the company's super-efficient and powerful range extender is combined with an electric battery system to deliver superior vehicle performance in various operating environments, as well as improved durability and cost benefits.
In a heavy-duty truck, Loop's hydrogen fuel cell range extender system acts as an on-board power generator to charge batteries which support peak power demands and capture energy derived through regenerative braking. This hybrid solution reduces the size and weight of a pure battery-electric truck to provide extended range, super high-torque for heavy loads, quick fill-ups, and best of all, emission-free freight movement.
Loop's breakthrough fuel cell design can be modified for a broad array of applications including heavy-duty buses, container trucks, vocational vehicles, and automobiles.