Four Scania electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells enter service in Trondheim, Norway, as part of a one-off pilot project with ASKO, Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler.

By focusing on resource efficiency, low emissions and sustainability for its extensive distribution network, ASKO has entered a new phase in which hydrogen trucks begin their journey as part of its distribution fleet.

And also a step forward for Cummins. This agreement is one of many supported by the new line of Cummins HyPM ™ HD fuel cell power modules.

With the acquisition of Hydrogenics, Cummins is now able to provide a full line of hydrogen fuel cell module products for integration into trucks, buses, trains, airplanes and heavy and medium cargo ships around the world.

We are delighted to see these trucks enter service and we are proud to provide leading edge solutions to ASKO and Scania that support their operational and sustainability goals. Our fuel cell power modules are well suited to cope with Norwegian terrain and weather conditions, and we look forward to obtaining valuable information from their operation as part of the ASKO fleet.

Amy Adams, Vice President of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies, Cummins.

When ASKO began exploring alternative fuel and powertrain solutions for its truck fleet in 2017, hydrogen was positioned as an attractive zero-emission option for electrified long-haul transportation and early tests showed the technology worked fairly well in colder climates.

The internal combustion engines of the 27-ton trucks have been replaced by an electric motor, which runs on fuel cells powered by hydrogen and powered by rechargeable batteries.

The 33 kg lightweight hydrogen storage system gives trucks an impressive range of 400-500 km using a single 90 kW high-density fuel cell power module.

We are happy to have the most competent partners for this project including Scania for the electric truck and Cummins / Hydrogenics for the integrated fuel cell and storage tank system.

Jørn Arvid Endresen, Executive Director of ASKO Mid Norway.

This test is the first of its kind for ASKO and will serve as a basis for learning and developing the fleet and operations. In addition, it puts ASKO on the path to reducing its energy consumption by 20%, thus becoming a stand-alone supplier of clean energy, using 100% renewable fuel.

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