Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) will attempt to decarbonize its over-the-road fleet with hydrogen versions, as the need to cut carbon emissions in the transportation sector grows.
This will be accomplished through a new arrangement with Hyzon Motors, which seeks to replace the fleet by 2035 with electric and hydrogen fuel cell models.
Hyzon will deliver SoCalGas a Class 3 commercial service body utility vehicle by 2022 as part of the new cooperation.
The truck will have a maximum power of 200 KW and a range of 300 miles, and it will be built on the current chassis OEM used by SoCalGas, reducing the amount of updates required for operations, servicing, and training.
Sandra Hrna, Vice-President of Supply Chain and Operations Support at SoCalGas, said, “Our partnership with Hyzon Motors on this initial fuel cell electric truck represents an additional potential solution to help us accelerate our transition to a zero emissions fleet by 2035.
“The transportation sector accounts for the largest percentage of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California.
“The men and women of SoCalGas drive approximately 32 million miles each year in company vehicles and we believe it is our responsibility and focus to decarbonize our over-the-road fleet.”