New Zealand Hydrogen Infrastructure and Heavy-Truck Deployment

April 20, 2021

Hiringa Energy, the first company in New Zealand dedicated to the supply of green hydrogen, is developing a hydrogen production and refuelling network across the country focused primarily on the heavy vehicle market.

Phase 1 of the development includes eight refuelling stations across the north and south islands, with the first of the eight sites planned to start construction in 2021.

Phase 2 includes a further 16 stations introduced by 2025 and Phase 3 is for over 100 stations by the year 2030.

The network includes centralised generation with distributed refuelling, distributed generation and third party generation with offtake.

Hyzon Motors and Hiringa have signed a vehicle supply agreement, with Hyzon commissioned to build and supply Hiringa with zero emission heavy-duty vehicles.

The hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks, to be assembled at Hyzon’s facility in Winschoten, The Netherlands, will be manufactured in full compliance with local New Zealand requirements and the first batch of vehicles are expected to enter service in New Zealand by the end of 2021.

Hyzon plans to have up to 1,500 fuel cell trucks on the road in New Zealand by 2026 as part of the agreement with Hiringa powered by green hydrogen supplied through Hiringa’s nationwide refueling infrastructure.

The vehicle supply agreement sets Hyzon and Hiringa on an ambitious path towards decarbonizing the New Zealand heavy transport sector through cooperation on hydrogen infrastructure and heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicle deployment.

The Hyzon trucks are designed to meet New Zealand road requirements and the demands of heavy freight applications.

The trucks will be built in a 6×4 configuration, will include a sleeper cab option and will have a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 58 metric tonnes (64 US tons) and range of 680km (423mi).

In addition to the enormous clean energy output benefits, one of the key highlights of Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks are their comparable-to-diesel refuelling times, providing a “drop in” solution for freight operators to replace their diesel fleets.