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Air Products, Cummins join forces for integration of H2 fuel cell trucks

Hydrogen FCEV truck (Source: Cummins Inc.)

Air Products and Cummins have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to accelerate the integration of hydrogen fuel cell trucks globally.

Cummins is anticipated to provide hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains integrated into selected OEM partners' heavy-duty trucks for Air Products, as the company commences the transformation of its global fleet of distribution vehicles to hydrogen.

The two companies anticipate a demonstration phase for the transformation to begin in 2022 with Cummins and Air Products additionally set to increase the accessibility of renewable hydrogen.

This comprises hydrogen infrastructure opportunities that promote the adoption of hydrogen for mobility.

Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President, and CEO of Air Products, said, "We believe hydrogen is the future for heavy-duty segments of the transportation market and we can demonstrate to the world its merits by being a first-mover in transitioning our heavy-duty fleet of trucks to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

"We are pleased to be working with Cummins to achieve our fleet transition goals. Sustainability is Air Products' growth strategy and creates our growth opportunities, and nothing says more about our company's approach to sustainability than a fleet of zero-emission vehicles on the road delivering the product to customers every day."

Amy Davis, Vice-President and President of New Power at Cummins, said, "We are thrilled to work with Air Products to take this important step towards transitioning thousands of their trucks to zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

"Together with Air Products, we will combine our vast expertise in hydrogen—from production to consumption—with the on-road learnings we already have through our Cummins-powered zero-emissions fleet.

"From the hundreds of battery-electric buses and trucks to fuel cell systems for bus and rail, working with these innovative fleets creates the tipping point necessary for us to scale and accelerate a carbon-neutral world." 

Author : Moulin Oza
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