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Hydrogen-Powered Pickups: Revolutionizing Worksites and Beyond



GM is preparing to test a fleet of heavy pickups powered by green hydrogen, marking a significant step forward in the development of hydrogen-based worksite ecosystems. The concept involves fitting Chevrolet Silverado 5500 MD trucks with HYDROTEC fuel cell systems capable of generating 300 kW of peak power. These trucks can serve as generators for on-site tools, portable offices, and more.

 

The GM trucks, built with funding from the Department of Energy's SuperTruck 3 program and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, will be used by Southern Company, one of the largest southern utility companies, as shop vehicles at its worksites. Southern Company, in collaboration with GM and Nel ASA, will also test a hydrogen microgrid for fueling infrastructure, which includes a stationary fuel cell-based mobile power generator.


According to Jacob Lozier, HYDROTEC's program manager, these trucks have the potential to power job sites or provide charging for electric vehicles in areas where traditional charging infrastructure is not available. He also mentioned that the trucks have enough power and energy to supply up to 250 American homes. In the near future, these trucks have the potential to be a game changer for truck owners everywhere.

 

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