The California Air Resources Board has certified Hyzon Motors' repowered Class 8, 7, and 6 fuel cell-electric trucks as exempt from emission requirements, enabling the company to sell fuel-cell-electric trucks in California.
Hyzon's Repower program allows customers to exchange their used diesel trucks for conversion to fuel-cell-electric using Hyzon's proprietary fuel cell technology.
With this certification, Hyzon expects it will offer some of the first commercially available repowered Class 8, Class 7 and Class 6 FCEVs in California. While FCEVs have been granted provisional approvals for trials, and fuel-cell-electric buses have received CARB certification, no known heavy- or medium-duty FCEVs are available, based on the list provided by California's Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, according to Hyzon.
HVIP, an incentive program administered by national clean transportation consortium Calstart, provides subsidies to reduce the incremental cost of clean commercial vehicles. CARB certification is the primary requirement to secure HVIP eligibility in California. Hyzon expects to qualify for the incentive program later this year.
"We are proud to join the list of vehicle and technology providers certified by CARB as zero-emission, and plan to lead the deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial operations in California," said Hyzon Motors CEO Craig Knight in a press release. "Our technology has already proven itself in daily runs at the Port of Long Beach, and we look forward to putting more clean trucks on the road. Drayage operations are a particularly attractive use-case on hydrogen, and we expect to see rapid uptake in California."