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Plug Power, Lightning Systems partner to produce fuel-cell-electric trucks

  • Magazine Article
  • 20TOFHP06_07
Published June 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

A first-of-its-kind propulsion alternative for transporting products between ports, warehouses and distribution centers is on the horizon. “The Class 6 fuel-cell-electric vehicle (FCEV) is a perfect zero-emission solution for the movement of goods through the ‘middle miles,’” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power Inc., a supplier of hydrogen fuel-cell systems. Plug Power and electric drivetrain manufacturer Lightning Systems recently partnered to produce what they claim is the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell-powered electric Class 6 truck.

Built off the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD platform, the standard FCEV has an estimated driving range of 200 miles (322 km). An extended-range option doubles the range to 400 miles (644 km). “The most important benefit of a fuel cell-equipped BEV is operating range,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. “Many intermodal delivery routes in the United States are greater than 150 miles, making the fuel-cell-equipped BEV an ideal piece of equipment for the ‘middle mile’ vocation.”