Hyzon Motors unveiled today its Heavy Rigid truck platform, an Australian locally designed and built Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric truck.
Hyzon is developing its Heavy Rigid truck as a global platform, adaptable for international markets, with a multitude of vehicle use cases, such as garbage compactors, tilt trays and flatbed trucks.
The development of the Heavy Rigid program in Australia has allowed Hyzon Motors to tap into the rich resources of highly skilled local Australian engineering and technical knowledge, the hydrogen truck maker said in a release it issued today, as it looks to build a team, process, and product for Hyzon’s global and domestic market.
President of International Operations, John Edgley, said today’s announcement was a ‘real game changer’ for Australia and New Zealand.
“We are building our zero emission heavy vehicles right here in Australia, using local skills, employing local people, and collaborating effectively with our colleagues across the globe”, he said.
“Our vehicle development process is following a path of design, build and validation to make use of resources that are available in Australia and provide an opportunity to train new engineers and technicians,” said Edgley.
“Incorporating global market requirements and standards into our design philosophy has allowed the vehicle to be easily adaptable not only to international markets, but also with a multitude of use cases.”
Hyzon Motors Inc. President and interim CEO, Parker Meeks, welcomed the milestone announcement as an important step in building the company’s manufacturing capacity globally.
“Hyzon’s core fuel cell technology has a distinct competitive advantage which will allow us to innovate and introduce high-performance vehicles that support the transition to net zero,” he said.
“Hyzon’s Australia and New Zealand team has led the way on the design and development of our Heavy Rigid platform and are recognised as a global leader within our business,” added Meeks.
Last year Hyzon announced the development of Australia’s first purpose-built assembly plant in Melbourne’s southeast, to locally manufacture hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles.
Hyzon’s Heavy Rigid truck is expected to hit the road in a number of commercial trials throughout 2023 in both Australia and New Zealand.