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Quantron presents its hydrogen cell truck with 1,500 km of autonomy

The IAA Transportation fair in Germany has been the stage in which Quantron has presented the QHM FCEV Heavy Truckan electric truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell created in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems. This tractor unit developed for long-distance heavy transport is capable of offering a range of up to 1,500 kilometers with each refueling. Quantron is also displaying other commercial vehicles powered by both fuel cell as for batteries.

Quantron is a company founded in 2019. Although it started out specializing in the conversion of existing vehicles to electric, it has become a provider of electric commercial vehicles of its own. Much of his work focuses on the implementation of hydrogen fuel cells in vans and trucks. In February, the company based in Gersthofen, near Augsburg, presented its first electric bus, the Cizaris 12, which is based on a chassis from partner EV Dynamics, which Quantron adapted for the European market. In April this year, Quantron revealed an electric light truck and an electric tractor unit. The Qargo 4 EV light truck was the second vehicle in the brand’s new design.

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The Quantron QHM FCEV Heavy Truck is an electric truck incorporating Ballard’s 120 kW FCmove-XD fuel cell and Allison Transmission’s eGen Power 130D integrated electric axle.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks

The QHM FCEV Heavy Truck incorporates the fuel cell 120kW FCmove-XD developed by Ballard and the Allison Transmission eGen Power 130D integrated electric axle. Also available is a optional aerodynamic package for all variants of the QHM FCEV which, according to the manufacturer, improves autonomy by 10%. Each vehicle has two fuel cells Ballard installed giving the system a total output of 240 kW.

The QHM VEGF 44-1000 It is the basic model. It has several hydrogen tanks fully integrated into the chassis with a capacity of 54 kilogramswhich should result in autonomy “of about 700km depending on the load and topographical requirements”. The company explains that the rest of the transmission components are also mounted within the chassis structure in accordance with legal requirements. The vehicle complies with the ISO guideline for semi-trailer combinations, guaranteeing “national and international interchangeability of semi-trailers and tractor units”. In other words, the vehicle can be used for the same applications as a diesel truck.

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Possible axle configurations of the electric Quantron QHM FCEV Heavy Truck with hydrogen fuel cell.

This model is available with configurations 4×2 or 6×2, (60-2000 and 44-2000 variants), while trucks above this size are only available as 6×2. In this case, additional tanks are placed behind the cabin can reach up to 116 kilograms of hydrogenwhich translates into autonomy of up to 1,500 kilometers.

Common to all variants is the driver’s cab, the electric drive axle 400kW (550 kW peak power), a 118 kWh battery and the smart management system Q-ENERGY which reduces hydrogen consumption. The system controls the interaction between the electric axle, the fuel cells, the high-voltage battery and the 24 V auxiliary consumers.

The QHM VEGF Already is available for orders. The 1000 model to be delivered from the second quarter of 2023, with the two 2000 models to follow in the third quarter.

Next to the heavy-duty truck, with the QLI VEGF, Quantron shows a truck also powered by Ballard’s hydrogen fuel cell. In this case the autonomies reach 500 kilometers.

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Quantron QHM FCEV Heavy Truck cabin interior, common to all variants.

Battery Powered Electric Trucks

On the other hand, as a world first, Quantron also presents the QHM BEV, a battery-powered heavy truck platform. It is available as a tractor unit QHM BEV 44-400 and as chassis QHM BEV 27-400 in a wide range of variants. The maximum engine power is 375 kW (503 hp). The battery, which can store up to 392 kWhsupports charging power up to 350 kW in direct current and offers a range of up to 350 kilometers. According to the manufacturer, the battery can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in less than an hour. Both variants are available in 4×2 and 6×2 configuration.

Alongside them, Quantron has also shown the battery-powered version of the QLI (QLI BEV), as a van from 3.5 to 7.2 tons.

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