Brown Goes Green As UPS Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell Delivery Truck

Automakers left and right have been experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells. Some (like Honda and Toyota) have even put them into production and offered them to the public. But passenger cars aren’t the only ones on the road, or the only vehicles that could benefit from the clean propulsion technology.

Case in point: UPS, which isn’t waiting around for a manufacturer to supply it with greener vehicles, but is developing its own fuel cell-powered delivery trucks as part of its Rolling Laboratory – a fleet of experimental logistics vehicles.

The Class 6 medium-duty delivery truck carries 10 kg of hydrogen fuel, a 32-kilowatt fuel cell, and a 45-kWh battery. The hydrogen fuel cell charges the battery which powers the electric motor to allow the van to travel along its root – even down the highway – with zero tailpipe emissions. Despite the photo above that was clearly taken in New York (the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn if we had to guess), the first prototype is being tested in Sacramento. Once the company has about 5,000 hours of in-service operational data, it plans to start rolling them out more extensively across California, where there’s already a (relatively) extensive network of hydrogen fuel stations.

UPS reports that it has invested over $750 million in alternative propulsion and other advanced technologies since 2009, deploying over 8,300 experimental vehicles (from electric bicycles to natural gas and renewable diesel fuel) around the world.

Photo Gallery

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m sure UPS can easily install its own refuelling stations.

  • CAN’T HURT.

  • brn

    1. Truck manufacturers have been producing fuel cell vehicles a lot longer than car manufacturers.
    2. UPS (and others) have been testing alternative power vehicles for decades, not just since 2009.

    I’m glad to see some attention, but it bothers me that this written like it’s something new. Fleets have always been pioneers for alternative power vehicles. They have well defined needs, common “fueling” locations, and economy of scale. Consumer level vehicles are much more difficult to deal with.

Bespoke 1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Thinks It’s Worth Almost $45K

This ’68 Coupe DeVille was built as a show car with many custom parts and was featured at the 2016 SEMA.

2019 Renault Kadjar Makes It To Australia With 157 HP 1.3L Turbo Four

Order books for the facelifted Kadjar have opened Down Under, with prices starting at AUD $29,990.

Fire Truck Rolls During School Demonstration While Making Sharp Turn

Five firefighters were onboard the vehicle when it rolled over and, although they were taken to the hospital, they were soon released.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Drives Through A Mall Causing Chaos And Destruction

The driver was taken into custody, but there’s no word on a motive.

Audi To Offer 30 Electrified Models By 2025, Including 20 EVs

Audi will also continue to develop conventional engines, but they’ll be mild-hybrid units.

AAA Says Owning A New Car Costs You Over $9,200 Per Year

The survey, which excluded high-end models, found out that the biggest ownership cost of a new car is depreciation, averaging over $3,300 a year.

Bugatti’s Second Model Slated To Be A High-Riding Four-Seater With Off-Road Capability

The upcoming crossover could cost around $1 million.

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra will battle for the title of North American Car of the year.

Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing setback in their attempt to beat Porsche’s lap record.

Tesla Model 3 Aces IIHS Safety Tests, Nabs Top Safety Pick+ Award

After the Audi E-Tron, the Model 3 has become the second all-electric vehicle to be awarded the highest rating by the American safety institute.