The wait is over! After being in development for four years, Volvo first hydrogen mining trucks
are now operating. This company began testing the world first articulated dumper, powered by a
hydrogen fuel cell system.
It is a six-wheeled prototype, called Volvo HX04, this six-wheeled prototype, which promises to be
loaded with 12 kilograms of hydrogen in approximately seven minutes. Estop allows you to
operate for about four hours. Therefore, everyone is waiting for the results, to obtain information
on what this element is, together with fuel cells, and what it will offer to heavy vehicles.
Meanwhile it faces a rising concern such as charging infrastructure.
Articulated dumper vehicles, or dump trucks, are large and suitable for transporting bulky loads,
even on difficult terrain. In essence, these especially useful construction vehicles differ in that they
have two parts: cabin and tipper. In this case, the prototype from Volvo Construction Equipment
(Volvo CE) works with a fuel cell system, which combines hydrogen with oxygen.
In an article published on the PASSION MOTOR website, the manufacturer explains: “The resulting
chemical reaction produces electricity that powers the machine and, at the same time. It can also
produce heat that can be used to heat the cabin.” Fuel cells only emit water vapor.
The development of the six-wheeled prototype was carried out in the fuel cell test laboratory of
the Technology Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden.