Ferguson Enterprises is collaborating with Ford Motor Firm to put a first-of-its-kind F550 Gas Cell Prototype Chassis Work Truck in service inside Ferguson’s day by day fleet operations for six months. Participation in Ford’s F550 Gas Cell Prototype Work Truck, a DOE SuperTruck 3 Initiative, enhances Ferguson’s total sustainability technique to cut back a large proportion of Scope 1 emissions from its fleet.
That is a picture for Ferguson’s present fleet. A picture of the prototype shouldn’t be but out there.
This pilot program goals to judge how gas cell expertise will function inside the Ferguson fleet whereas offering real-world utilization information to Ford. Ferguson will present Ford with car information and suggestions concerning the expertise to assist Ford higher outline the engineering necessities for business car obligation cycles. This information can be used to deal with ongoing trade challenges inside the medium-duty and heavy-duty segments, resembling battery vary and payload capability, which have prevented sooner conversion to environmentally friendlier choices.
As a part of this collaboration, Ferguson may even put together a location in Charlotte, NC for the set up of short-term infrastructure gear in the course of the pilot.
This pilot program with Ford enhances Ferguson’s beforehand introduced pilot program to launch 30 class 6 by way of 8 all-electric supply vans in its fleet in collaboration with Holman and Electrada. The turnkey fleet administration and electrification options allow Ferguson to deploy medium- and heavy-duty all-electric automobiles all through California whereas streamlining the event of the mandatory charging and vitality administration infrastructure. Collectively, these investments in new applied sciences will assist inform Ferguson’s technique for a extra environmentally pleasant fleet.
Ford’s technique to cut back carbon emissions throughout the globe consists of investigating a number of applied sciences that can assist us obtain these objectives throughout a broad spectrum of functions. This collaboration with Ferguson is a powerful instance of the place our Ford Professional enterprise and the potential of gas cell propulsion programs would possibly deal with the applying gaps that battery electrical automobiles simply can’t fulfill. The potential of hydrogen, essentially the most plentiful ingredient on the planet, coupled with gas cell expertise has large potential to energy bigger, heavier business automobiles whereas nonetheless delivering zero tailpipe emissions.
—Jim Buczkowski, government director, Ford Analysis and Superior Engineering
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SuperTruck 3 is an initiative collectively funded by the DOE Hydrogen & Gas Cell Applied sciences Workplace and the Automobile Applied sciences Workplace inside the Vitality Effectivity and Renewable Vitality Workplace, and underneath DOE Cooperative Settlement No. DE-EE0009858.