Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Gaussin presents its fuel cell powered H2 Racing truck

French manufacturer Gaussin has unveiled its first electric truck. The fuel-cell-powered truck is named H2 Racing Truck and will also be competing at the world famous Dakar Rally next year.

According to Gaussin, the H2 Racing Truck will be a technology carrier for further developing its road truck range planned for 2022, based on its new skateboard platform for BEV and FCEV trucks.

For the H2 Racing Truck specs, the four-wheel-drive model, approved for road use, combines two 300 kW electric motors with an 82-kWh battery pack and a 380-kW fuel cell. The system also includes a cooling system and tanks able to hold 80 kilograms of hydrogen. Gaussin quotes a range of around 250 kilometers under racing conditions.

The manufacturer says that the lightweight chassis was explicitly created for the performance and integration of the hydrogen system. The latter, it says, has been tested with racing conditions in mind under extreme conditions “that go far beyond manufacturers’ usual tests for road use.”

Four other zero-emission models have been slated for series production: a tractor unit, an autonomous truck, a distribution vehicle and a construction vehicle. In future fuel cell-powered road trucks, the range is expected to increase to 800 klometers.

Furthermore, Gaussin is working on BEV versions with a battery swap system, which should have a range of 400 kilometers with a battery exchange taking three minutes.

The Gaussin Group recently established its subsidiary for road transporters when launching the electrified vehicle platform for use in-house and through third parties.

In the latter category, Gaussin cites “market participants in the field of autonomous navigation software” as a target group, among others, because the skateboard is also intended to be suitable for autonomous semitrailer trucks.

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Gaussin is a specialist in freight and passenger transportation, autonomous technologies for AGVs, and battery and fuel cell integration.

The company says it has 50,000 vehicles operating worldwide in the port and airport mobility, logistics and passenger transport sectors.

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