Hyzon Motors and New Way Trucks have announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to collaborate on a hydrogen fuel cell-powered refuse vehicle for the North American market.


Source: Hyzon

The agreement comes as a response to the need for zero-emission solutions in industries like refuse collection, with the aim of decarbonising operations.

Under the partnership, Hyzon will supply and integrate its advanced Fuel Cell technology and integrated powertrain, while New Way will provide and integrate the Sidewinder XTR automated side-load refuse body. This collaboration leverages Hyzon’s experience in developing Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including a successful trial conducted in Australia with Remondis Australia.

The integration of fuel cell-powered refuse trucks into fleets across North America presents an opportunity to decarbonise the industry and reduce noise pollution from diesel trucks. Hyzon estimates there are currently around 120,000 operational refuse trucks in North America, consuming over 953 million gallons of diesel annually.

“Partnering with New Way is an important step for us,” said Hyzon Vice President of Commercial Steve Boyer. According to Boyer, Hyzon’s advanced fuel cell technology is expected to enhance the operational performance of refuse trucks and have a positive impact on the environment. Hyzon President Pat Griffin added, “It’s about providing solutions that align with our customers’ operational needs and sustainability goals. Working with a partner like New Way is invaluable. Our joint development efforts have the potential to set a new standard for the refuse industry.”

Initial trials for the prototype truck are scheduled to commence in the first half of 2024, involving a mix of public and private refuse fleets. Hyzon aims to begin commercial vehicle deliveries in 2025, following successful trials.

The prototype trucks are expected to achieve up to a 125-mile driving range, 1,200 refuse cart lifts per route, and a refueling time of 15 minutes. These performance metrics align with the operational requirements of the industry and demonstrate the competitiveness of fuel cell-powered refuse vehicles compared to combustion engines.

“We look forward to learning how the Hyzon/New Way unit performs on route,” shared Eric Evans, New Way’s Chief Product Officer. “New Way distributors and key customers are excited about the prospect of alternative powertrain options that leverage the learnings of BEV without performance compromises while aligning with emerging hydrogen technology and infrastructure investment.”