Hyzon Motors receives zero-emissions certification from CARB

By Chad Elmore08 June 2022

Company can sell fuel cell electric trucks in California

Hyzon Motors, a global supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen and fuel cell powered commercial vehicles, announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified its Class 8, 7, and 6 repowers as exempt from emission requirements, enabling the company to sell fuel cell electric trucks in California.

Hyzon’s repower program allows customers to exchange their used diesel trucks for conversion to fuel cell electric using Hyzon’s proprietary fuel cell technology.

hydrogen CARB has certified Hyzon Motors’ Class 6, 7 and 8 repowers. The company’s fuel cell electric Class 8 truck, based on the Freightliner Cascadia, is shown. Photo: Hyzon Motors)

With this certification, Hyzon said expects it will offer the first commercially available repowered Class 8, Class 7 and Class 6 FCEVs in California. The company said that while FCEVs have been granted provisional approvals for trials and fuel cell electric buses have received CARB certification, it knows of no heavy- or medium-duty FCEVs that are currently available, based on the list provided by California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

HVIP, an incentive program administered by national clean transportation consortium CALSTART, provides subsidies to reduce the incremental cost of clean commercial vehicles. CARB certification is the primary requirement to secure HVIP eligibility in California. Hyzon expects to qualify for the incentive program later this year.

“We are proud to join the list of vehicle and technology providers certified by CARB as zero-emission, and plan to lead the deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial operations in California,” said Craig Knight, CEO of New York-based Hyzon Motors. “Our technology has already proven itself in daily runs at the Port of Long Beach, and we look forward to putting more clean trucks on the road. Drayage operations are a particularly attractive use-case on hydrogen, and we expect to see rapid uptake in California.”

Hyzon Motors expects that repowering vehicles will be a more time and capital efficient approach for fleets to decouple from diesel, given long lead times for new diesel trucks. Repowering an existing vehicle is also expected to reduce customer costs, leading to Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) at or below diesel parity in California, thanks to subsidies. Additionally, the company said the repower program avoids waste and manufacturing carbon emissions generated by asset renewal.

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