Vision Industries and Balqon Corporation have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to build a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT.
The Zero-TT will incorporate a Cargotec Kalmar chassis, Balqon’s electric drivetrain and Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell range extender. It is intended to combine the superior acceleration of a battery-powered EV with the extended range provided by a hydrogen fuel cell. Intended markets are distribution centers, rail yards and marine terminals.
“We believe consolidating our efforts to address zero emission cargo transportation which combines our drive system and lithium battery technology with Vision’s fuel cell technology will add to zero emission offerings available to customers seeking to reduce diesel emissions,” says Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra.
California-based Balqon builds electric drive systems, lithium battery storage systems and medium to heavy-duty electric vehicles. It targets several promising niches in the commercial vehicle and energy storage segments. Vision is a developer of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell/electric hybrid powered vehicles and hydrogen fueling systems.