ABT to develop hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles

Vehicles are evolving in order to survive. In passenger automobiles, conventional electrification is the most extensively used technology, but it doesn’t yet appear to be sufficiently advanced for commercial vehicles.

They may occasionally have to travel a great distance, in which case the size of the batteries or the recharging times is of no use to them. Therefore, companies like ABT suggest hydrogen as a solution for this kind of transportation.

They are not the first to place a wager of this nature; Stellantis has long been investigating the fuel cell in its vehicles. It is nonetheless novel for ABT, which was until recently primarily recognized for its work preparing Volkswagen Group automobiles. They act now before it becomes impossible to create a car that can drive 800 kilometers on a single charge, which would require a 300 kWh battery, while it now reaches 100 kWh. The subsidiary ABT e-Line is focused on alternative technologies.

The next step is to deploy two production models of this propulsion technology. They have already experimented with the hydrogen fuel cell with two significant projects. Manufacturing, vehicle integration, safety, and road certification will all fall under ABT’s purview. It is a modular system that can be made to fit the vehicle’s size by placing two to seven 700-bar hydrogen tanks at the bottom of the model. This prevents interior space from being lost.

During the tests, they discovered that the range was excellent and even surpassed comparable diesel vehicles. However, the project is still in the development stage, and no new specific official data has been released. In any event, niche applications like commercial vehicles have a lot of promise for the ABT e-Line technology. It is obvious that hydrogen has a higher energy density than current conventional fuels, and that employing it as a generator for an electrical system can have exceptional benefits.