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Vision Industries and Balqon to partner to build fuel cell terminal tractor
21 September 2012
Vision Industries Corp. entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Balqon Corporation to build its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. (Earlier post.) This agreement combines the Cargotec USA Kalmar chassis with Balqon’s electric drivetrain (earlier post) and Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell range-extender.
|The Zero-TT. Click to enlarge.|
The intended markets for the Zero-TT are distribution centers, rail yards and marine terminals.
As currently spec’d, the Zero-TT is equipped with a 225 hp (peak) electric motor, 26.5 kW fuel cell stack, and Li-ion battery pack. GCVWR is 130,000 lbs. With a the standard H2 fuel tank configuration, the Zero-TT can perform two eight-hour duty cycles before refueling the hydrogen tanks.
The Balqon battery-electric Nautilus XE-20 terminal tractor is equipped with a 200 hp 230VAC induction motor connected to variable frequency controller (200 hp @1800-2400 rpm & Torque: 600 lb-ft @0-1800 RPM) and a 215 kWh Li-ion iron phosphate battery pack. The XE-20 accommodates an 8 hour work shift (an optional 2 work shift battery pack available). The vehicle is equipped with a 40 kW level 3 charging option to allow for a fast charge in 2.5 hours. GCVWR is 90,000 pounds.
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.—Balwinder Samra, CEO of Balqon Corporation
Vision is a developer of hydrogen fuel cell/electric hybrid powered vehicles and turnkey hydrogen fueling systems. Vision’s proprietary hybrid drive system combines the acceleration of a battery-powered electric vehicle with the extended range provided by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Balqon Corporation is a developer of electric drive systems, lithium battery storage systems and medium to heavy-duty electric vehicles. Balqon’s proprietary electric drive system encompasses complete power management, propulsion, flux vector motor controllers and energy systems.
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