Cummins and Terex Advance will build and test hydrogen-powered concrete mixer trucks powered by hydrogen.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to “produce, trial, and prove” trucks powered by Cummins’ hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines, along with Edge Materials, and PCC Hydrogen.
“This collaboration represents an end-to-end demonstration of how hydrogen internal combustion engines work practically in tough applications using real trucks, real infrastructure, and real end-users,” said Jim Nebergall, general manager - hydrogen engines at Cummins, in a statement.
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Cummins’ hydrogen engines use zero-carbon hydrogen fuel rather than traditional diesel. They are similar in architecture to today’s diesel and natural gas-powered engines, offering heavier-duty, longer range applications a route to decarbonize without major changes to vehicle designs and at a lower upfront cost than current zero-carbon alternatives.
The project aims to develop a full hydrogen eco-system together with a hydrogen producer, vehicle manufacturer, and end user. Cummins X15H hydrogen internal combustion engines will be integrated into the Terex Advance Commander Series of front-discharge concrete mixer trucks. Edge Materials, a ready-mix concrete provider and Terex Advance customer in Cloverdale, Indiana, will operate the hydrogen-powered trucks in real-world environments including on construction sites and critical infrastructure projects. PCC Hydrogen, an ultra-low carbon intensity hydrogen producer based in Louisville, Kentucky, will supply the hydrogen fuel as well as stationary storage and dispensing services.
The aim is to spearhead a complete and viable approach to decarbonizing mixer trucks, without impacting vehicle performance, according to Cummins.
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“Customers expect Terex Advance concrete mixer trucks to deliver consistent and high-quality concrete efficiently and reliably, while also minimizing environmental impact through reduced emissions and fuel consumption,” said David Grabner, general manager at Terex Advance Mixer, in a statement. “Decarbonizing concrete mixer trucks, however, can be difficult due to the energy demands and long operational hours. This project marks a significant milestone in our decarbonization journey, as Cummins’ X15H engines introduce an alternative, zero-carbon emissions option for our customers, while providing the performance our trucks need to get the job done.”
Said Dana Boyd, president, Edge Materials, in a statement:
“We are excited to be facilitating the combined efforts of Cummins, Terex Advance, and PCC Hydrogen to demonstrate a real-life carbon reduction system for concrete delivery. As industries are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions, we will be aligning our pioneering efforts utilizing the X15H engine in front-discharge concrete mixer trucks to show that hydrogen technology is a viable alternative fuel for demanding on- and off-highway environments.”