Navistar has partnered with General Motors (GM) and OneH2 to launch a long-haul transportation system powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The system, which aims to provide commercial fleets with a fully integrated solution that includes vehicles, fueling, and service, will be piloted by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.
Navistar plans to make its first production model International RH Series fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) commercially available for model year 2024. Navistar's President and CEO Persio Lisboa said the pilot phase will begin with J.B. Hunt’s fleet by the end of 2022, with the ultimate goal of reaching a target range of 500-plus miles and a hydrogen fueling time of less than 15 minutes.
The International RH Series FCEV will get its energy from two GM Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes, each containing 300-plus hydrogen fuel cells along with thermal and power management systems. According to GM, these cubes are compact and easy to package into many different applications.
According to Navistar, the combined propulsion system within the International RH Series FCEV will feature a more improved power density for short-range travel, short-burst kW output and a per-mile cost expected to be comparable to diesel in certain market segments.
Under its partnership agreement with Navistar, OneH2 will supply its hydrogen fueling solution, which includes hydrogen production, storage, delivery, and safety. Through its affiliates, OneH2 plans to kickstart substantial hydrogen heavy truck refueling infrastructure by incorporating more than 2,000 International RH Series FCEVs into existing truck fleets in the near term.
While Navistar did not disclose the specific financial arrangements between the companies involved in the partnership, the company did announce it has taken a minority stake in OneH2.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with Navistar,” said Paul Dawson, OneH2 president and CEO. “We believe strongly that hydrogen fuel is the future of zero-emission renewable energy in the heavy truck market and are pleased that this agreement will provide additional scope for its application. Under this agreement, we will be able to offer fleets a zero-emission truck with total cost of operation lower than diesel in key segments of the industry.”