RMIT researchers, who are developing Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell truck, have demonstrated a scale model which simulates the performance of a long-haul diesel truck. The model is being tested with various loads to simulate the performance of a full-scale long-haul vehicle, which the researchers believe could be developed within about two years.

Professor Aleksandar Subic, Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, said that the new technologies can help businesses save money in light of the the carbon tax, emissions trading and rising diesel costs.

He added that “For residents worried about fumes and noise, the prospect of a silent, zero-emission truck is exciting. We are also researching production of hydrogen using photovoltaic arrays and electrolysers, and solid state hydrogen storage.”