Chinese truck maker to launch 44-tonne zero-emission tractor unit

Nov 26 | 2021

Chinese vehicle manufacturer Giga Carbon Neutrality (GCN) has unveiled a range of zero-emission commercial vehicles, including a 44-tonne tractor unit, that it plans to bring to market over the next two years.

The GCN hydrogen tractor unit on the road in China (1)GCN will launch 21 different battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles by the end of 2023. The company’s first prototype hydrogen-fueled tractor unit is currently undergoing advanced road and usability trials in China.

GCN designs its vehicles at a state-of-the-art research and development centre located in Hangzhou, China and has developed its own proprietary hydrogen fuel-cell technology, initially using batteries from other manufacturers.

Marty Wade, CEO at Giga Carbon Neutrality said, “We are thrilled to give the world its first look at the future of zero-emission commercial transportation.”

“GCN is enabling a carbon-neutral future for some of the world’s most energy-intensive industries, with clean energy vehicles, new technologies and a fuelling ecosystem to make running clean, reliable vehicle fleets easy for commercial transportation companies.”

The 44-tonne GCN hydrogen tractor unit has a top speed of 90 kph and 580 km range before refuelling. The unit is streamlined to minimise wind-resistance and features an ergonomic cab design and a range of intelligent safety systems, such as driver fatigue warning systems, as standard. A prototype vehicle is currently undergoing on-road trials in China.

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Photo: The GCN hydrogen-powered tractor unit on the road in China.