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An Australian vehicle manufacturer has designed a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (HFCV) truck and plans to enter the production stage.

HDRIVE as a subsidiary of BLK Auto is set to begin production after a design and engineering period for its range of HFCV truck options.

“Moving our trucks from development into production is an exciting milestone for both BLK Auto and HDrive and consolidates our reputation as an innovative commercial vehicle manufacturer,” said HDrive managing director, Jason Pecotic.

“As Australia’s leading clean energy commercial vehicle manufacturer, HDrive continues to deliver turnkey commercial vehicle solutions to customers that are competitive on price yet do not give ground on build quality or vehicle performance.”

The range of HFCV trucks available will include prime mover hydrogen trucks with 4×2 drivetrain, 24-tonne gross vehicle weight, 6×4 driveline with, 18- to 70-tonne GVW, 8×4 driveline with 49 tonne GVW, refuelling trucks in 6×4 configuration, dual control waste trucks in 6×4 configuration, and cement mixer/agitator trucks in 8×4 and 10×4 configurations.

BLK Auto also already offers a range of electric, or hydrogen powered coach, bus and truck options.

The announcement has followed Viva Energy’s plans to build a $43.3-million New Energies Service Station in Geelong, Victoria, improving the infrastructure needed to welcome HFCV trucks to Australian roads.

Australia also has hydrogen-vehicle refuelling stations in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney which are not available for public use.

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