BMW Group to steer €19.5M HyCET undertaking consortium on hydrogen combustion engine vehicles


The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) authorized the funding software for the consortium analysis undertaking HyCET (Hydrogen Combustion Engine Vehicles) led by the BMW Group. The opposite HyCET undertaking companions are DEUTZ AG, DHL Freight GmbH, KEYOU GmbH, TotalEnergies Advertising and marketing Deutschland GmbH and Volvo Group.

The analysis undertaking goals to exhibit the sustainability potential of vehicles with hydrogen combustion engines for transport logistics. The opposite subject for HyCET, alongside know-how improvement, is the required infrastructure, resembling publicly accessible hydrogen filling stations.

With its shorter filling instances, excessive payload and flexibility, mixed with its enticing vary, hydrogen is thought to be a promising gasoline for transport logistics. Using inexperienced hydrogen produced from renewable energies may thus allow CO2-free long-distance logistics sooner or later. Because of the low emissions from hydrogen combustion, the vehicles are additionally thought of as zero-emission automobiles beneath EU rules.

The HyCET analysis undertaking could have an funding quantity of €19.5 million, of which €11.3 million might be funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). The BMDV can be offering a further €5.7 million euros in funding for building of two public hydrogen filling stations primarily for heavy items site visitors.

Hydrogen know-how affords us the prospect to rethink mobility. Specifically, the numerous calls for of transport logistics name for appropriate responses. Hydrogen is an effective energy-storage resolution for climate-friendly transportation that may complement battery-electric mobility. The HyCET undertaking supported by us assesses using hydrogen combustion engine know-how for the transport of heavy items. On this method, the outcomes obtained from real-life operation will contribute to competitors between different drive practice applied sciences within the area of logistics.

—Daniela Kluckert, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport

The goal of the HyCET consortium is to develop two 18-tonne vehicles and two 40-tonne vehicles with hydrogen combustion engines that might be examined in common BMW Group and DEUTZ transport logistics. Two new hydrogen filling stations together with for heavy utility automobiles might be in-built Leipzig and Nuremberg to facilitate day by day operation of those vehicles.

Not solely will analysis into improvement and use of hydrogen vehicles proceed, however filling requirements for utility automobiles and implementation of the mandatory infrastructure may even be superior. Since this is among the first analysis tasks during which automobiles of this class will drive in common logistics site visitors, the vehicles will endure a complete know-how evaluation.

The undertaking brings collectively experience from completely different disciplines. As an end-user, the BMW Group defines key necessities for collection introduction of hydrogen-powered vehicles into its transport logistics at a later date. Because the consortium chief, the corporate additionally units the framework for profitable undertaking implementation and is managing pilot deployment of an 18-tonne truck at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, in addition to coordinating the know-how evaluation, which can examine the benefits and downsides of the hydrogen combustion engine with different progressive drive-train ideas for vehicles.

As one of many world’s main engine producers and a pioneer within the sustainable off-road sector, powertrain specialist DEUTZ has developed a 7.8-liter hydrogen engine. The preliminary software is already operating efficiently in a stationary generator. As a part of the HyCET undertaking, this engine might be put in in an 18-tonne truck to exhibit its practicality for cell functions.


The TCG 7.8 H2 is DEUTZ’s first ready-for-the-market hydrogen engine.

As a acknowledged hydrogen knowledgeable, KEYOU GmbH develops progressive hydrogen applied sciences, particular H2 elements and combustion processes that can be utilized in a cheap method to transform standard engines into emission-free hydrogen engines. In cooperation with the Volvo Group, KEYOU is creating a 13-liter hydrogen engine as a part of the HyCET undertaking.

Volvo is integrating the engine and the hydrogen tanks in two 40-tonne Volvo vehicles utilized by DHL Freight in transport logistics for the BMW Group. As one of many main suppliers of street transportation in Europe, DHL Freight will carry its long-standing expertise in road-freight transport and necessities from the person perspective to the undertaking. As well as, as a transport associate of the BMW Group, the corporate may even use the primary automobiles developed in area assessments for shuttle site visitors to provide BMW Group Plant Leipzig.


KEYOU offered a prototype 18t truck and 12m metropolis bus geared up with a KEYOU 7.8L hydrogen engine (above) at IAA Transportation this month.


The worldwide multi-energy firm TotalEnergies intends to function as much as 150 hydrogen filling stations immediately or not directly in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France by 2030. The 2 new hydrogen filling stations that might be constructed beneath the HyCET consortium in Leipzig and Nuremberg might be an integral a part of this European long-distance hydrogen community.


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