Frequently Asked Questions
HYZON was started in 2020 by founders of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd, which was established in 2003 to pursue PEM fuel cell technology commercialization
Our vision is to be the leader in hydrogen mobility, from the land to the air and sea.
Our mission is to accelerate the energy transition by making hydrogen powered commercial mobility more attractive than diesel in every way – not only on emissions, but also on performance and cost.
Hyzon has recently announced its intention to list on the NASDAQ through a merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company during the second quarter of 2021.
HYZON is a US-based company headquartered in Rochester, New York State, USA.
Yes, HYZON currently has a presence in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands (the home of our European vehicle assembly facility), however we do business worldwide.
Hydrogen and Safety
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe yet it does not typically naturally form on its own. It can be found in water, fossil fuels or biomass. To extract the hydrogen, processes such as electrolysis or steam methane reforming can be used.
Today, hydrogen is primarily used for ammonia for fertilizers, petroleum refining and producing steel and methanol. However, due to hydrogen’s versatility and value as a zero carbon energy carrier, it has the potential to play a major role in the energy transition, including as a clean transport fuel.
Hydrogen is as clean as its inputs. When produced with renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, hydrogen is a clean energy carrier with no carbon dioxide emissions. Hydrogen can also be produced from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage, which means low to zero carbon emissions. HYZON prioritizes the use of clean hydrogen wherever possible.
Hydrogen has been used safely in industry for many decades. Hydrogen has a lower ignition point than fuels commonly used today; however, a number of its properties make it safer to handle and use. Hydrogen is non-toxic, dissipates rapidly when released into the atmosphere and produces less radiant heat when it burns. Well established international hydrogen standards exist to mitigate risks associated with the handling and use of hydrogen, including for hydrogen refuelling stations and vehicles.
Fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen gas to power an electric motor. Unlike conventional vehicles which run on gasoline or diesel, fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen within a fuel cell to produce electricity, which is directed into the electric motor and/or the battery, as needed. Fuel cell vehicles deliver long range, are easy to refuel, near silent and only emit water vapour.
Operating a hydrogen fuel cell truck or bus is comparable to a conventional vehicle offering fast refuelling and a similar pay load and driving range, yet importantly fuel cell vehicles are zero emission, more energy efficient and provide a smooth and near silent driving experience. In comparison to battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel weighs considerably less than electric batteries and therefore they can carry more cargo, refuel more quickly and drive longer distances.
Only positive. Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit nothing except for water vapour. Hydrogen for mobility therefore has the potential to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, particularly in the harder to decarbonize heavy vehicle segments.
Please get in touch to start a conversation about how we can assist you with your fleet transition.
The largest factor driving the economics of diesel versus hydrogen is the cost of the fuel. HYZON has access to cost-effective hydrogen sources that, in some instances, mean cost parity with diesel can be achieved. These models will be progressively rolled out, starting in Australia and California.
Through the HYZON Zero Carbon Alliance we work with a range of local partners to supply hydrogen from clean, cost-effective sources proximate to the operations of vehicle fleets, providing the most compelling economics.
Due to the relative simplicity of maintaining hydrogen fuel cell trucks versus diesel (no oil changes, less tire and brake wear and tear, fewer moving parts), we will train your current servicing partner – whether in house of external supplier – to undertake service and maintenance. And of course HYZON supports the vehicles further, as needed.
Yes, all our vehicles are fitted with telematics allowing for scheduled preventative maintenance to minimize unexpected downtime. Predictive maintenance practices also minimize the risk of unplanned time off the road.
Quick refuelling is one of the key benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Our trucks and buses can typically be refuelled in 15-20 minutes.
Products and markets
Yes, we also provide fuel cells for stationary and portable power applications in some geographies. Get in touch to discuss further.
The HYZON fuel cell technology has been deployed in hundreds of trucks and buses to-date, through efforts of the parent company Horizon working with customers and OEM partners.
We manufacture medium and heavy-duty trucks, as well as city buses and coaches. We also supply more tailored vehicles such as refuse and concrete trucks.
HYZON is setting up fuel cell manufacturing in the US, and vehicle assembly in the Netherlands.
Yes, we serve all markets. We manufacture both right hand and left hand drive trucks and buses, as well as multi-steer for vehicles such as refuse trucks.
Our heavy-duty trucks being released in 2021 are rated up to 55t combined vehicle mass (CVM), while we have plans to launch road-trains for specialised markets, with up to 140t CVM.
Our heavy-duty trucks can achieve a range of over 500km.
We currently supply Gen-2 fuel cell modules up to 150kW. Our new Gen-3 stacks will deliver the highest power density on the market (performance validated by respected testing authorities and third party consulting studies).
Yes, the higher power density of our fuel cells makes them competitive with diesel engines in terms of performance, with zero emissions.
Purchase and Ordering
Lead time can vary based on the type of vehicle, but is on average 6-8 months once an order is confirmed.
We offer a range of flexible solutions for HYZON customers, including vehicle purchasing and leasing. Contact us to find out more about the options in your region.
Yes, through the HYZON Zero Carbon Alliance we can provide a complete operating solution, including fuel, finance and insurance as required.