Clean, green, and soon to be seen on roads near you (if you live in New Zealand)
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Holthausen Clean Technology factory in Hoogezand, Groningen, has just received a 1,500 truck order from the New Zealander company Hiringa Energy. Holthausen is one of the first companies in the world to develop and produce a hydrogen-powered lorry, reports Economie Groningen.
It is hoped that the first lorries will be ready by the end of 2021, and the full order will be carried out by 2026, says the company. Holthausen has teamed up with the US-based Hyzon company to produce hydrogen trucks since last year. Luckily, Hyzon is also the company that will be responsible for creating a network of hydrogen filling stations in New Zealand, as the country guns to cut its (already quite low) greenhouse gas emissions.
The current factory in Hoogezand is too small to carry out the entire order of trucks, and so a new factory is being build in Winschoten. Once ready, the trucks will be able to travel around 680 kilometres per ‘tank’ of hydrogen, and will be finished with sleeper cabs for drivers.
Hiringa is a New Zealander company that aims to re-mould the countries infrastructure to make use of green hydrogen technology. The New Zealand government recently gave Hiringa a 20 million dollar contribution towards creating its hydrogen network.