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Gaussin's skateboard for hydrogen trucks promises 500-mile range

Gaussin's skateboard for hydro...
Gaussin is offering two versions of its skateboard platform for trucks
Gaussin is offering two versions of its skateboard platform for trucks
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Gaussin has embarked on a production program that involves a global network of licensees to accelerate rollout of its skateboard platform
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Gaussin has embarked on a production program that involves a global network of licensees to accelerate rollout of its skateboard platform
Gaussin is offering two versions of its skateboard platform for trucks
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Gaussin is offering two versions of its skateboard platform for trucks
A render of Gaussin's skateboard for sustainable trucking
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A render of Gaussin's skateboard for sustainable trucking
Gaussin plans to roll out its skateboard platform for sustainable trucks starting next year
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Gaussin plans to roll out its skateboard platform for sustainable trucks starting next year
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Through trials and teasers from big names like Hyundai and Toyota, we are seeing how hydrogen could play a big role in moving towards sustainable trucking, and French outfit Gaussin has introduced a versatile skateboard platform it plans on riding into that future. Billed as the first of its type for heavy trucks, the platform can be adapted for mass production of not just hydrogen vehicles but electric ones too, and is also designed to accommodate autonomous driving capabilities.

Through its forward-thinking new skateboard chassis, Gaussin hopes to offer manufacturers of sustainable trucks an express route from the factory floor to the freeway. The modular platform is designed for class 8 tractor and straight trucks between 5.5 and 13.4 m (18 and 44 ft) in size, covering all applications from furniture moving services to heavy-haulers that lug loads between cities.

Gaussin is offering two versions of its skateboard platform. One is optimized for hydrogen with the necessary tanks and fuel cells and can be refueled in less than 20 minutes, with a listed range of 800 km (500 miles). The other is an all-electric version with the necessary motors, drivetrains and batteries, which will offer a 400 km (250 mile) range and can be swapped out for fresh ones in three minutes. In the real-world these range figures would vary greatly depending not just on the trucks the skateboard is powering, but what those vehicles are carrying. Both versions will allow for speeds of up to 90 km/h (55 mph).

Gaussin plans to roll out its skateboard platform for sustainable trucks starting next year
Gaussin plans to roll out its skateboard platform for sustainable trucks starting next year

The chassis is said to be 400 kg (881 lb) lighter than traditional truck chassis, and can be scaled up and down to meet different height, length and axle requirements. Total carry and tow capacity is specified at 40,000 kg and it features a universal plate for attachment of equipment plus an open interface for autonomous driving software.

“For the first time in the world of heavy trucks, Gaussin has created a versatile platform enabling the various players in the sector to achieve an extremely rapid time-to-market," says Jean-Claude Bailly, Managing Director Truck & Bus Division of Gaussin. "The solution will enable them to save precious time in project development, at a time when the heavy goods vehicle market is changing rapidly and innovation is a key differentiating factor, more than ever."

Gaussin has embarked on a production program that involves a global network of licensees to accelerate rollout of its skateboard platform, which it expects to begin next year. The slick animation below shows how the skateboard will come together.

ROAD TRUCK SKATEBOARD

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FB36
It is extremely bad idea to use hydrogen as fuel for land/sea/air transportation because it is pretty much explosive!
Imagine a future world w/ all kinds of hydrogen vehicles, tanker trucks, gas stations everywhere!
Are we seriously thinking that there will be never any accidents/leaks/ruptures/mishandling to trigger massive explosions?

Not to mention, there is actually no need at all to use hydrogen as fuel!
All light/small vehicles are already becoming fully electric & all heavy/big land/sea/air vehicles just need us to start producing biodiesel/biofuel at large scales!
(From all possible industrial/agricultural/forestry waste/biomass & trash & sewage!)
BJ63
It is extremely bad idea to use LITHIUM BATTERIES for land/sea/air transportation because it is pretty much explosive!
Imagine a future world w/ all kinds of lithium battery vehicles, tanker trucks, gas stations everywhere!
Are we seriously thinking that there will be never any accidents/leaks/ruptures/mishandling to trigger massive explosions?

Did we forget about the Tesla Car Fires and explosions that takes at least 4 hours if not days to put out?

How about why big lithium batteries are banned on Airplanes due to constant explosions.

Vehicles are already becoming fully hydrogen electric & all heavy/big land/sea/air vehicles just need us to start producing hydrogen at large scales!
VincentWolf
It's extremely bad idea to promote hydrogen which the infrastructure isnt' there to transport hydrogen around the nation and store it in 'filling station's which cost about $2 milliion each. We have over 100,000 filling stations so that's a lot of explosive terrorist targets to guard against. No thanks.

But the real reason its a bad idea is the energy loss in the production of hydrogen, transport of the hydrogen, storage of hydrogen (liquid cooled), and locomotion of a FCEV drivetrain. A pure EV converts 73% of the energy used to power the car, but a hydrogen EV converts only 27% of the total energy so it waste 3 times as much energy as a pure BEV EV.

no thanks until they produce all hydrogen freely from electrolysis via Solar or wind. Otherwise your just substituting one hydrocarbon (Methane from natural gas) for another one (gasoline).
Aermaco
@FB, The "Hydrogen is Explosive" spin is a very weak argument but is eagerly repeated by minds that like its scary sound on the subject of Hydrogen use. Gasoline is FAR more dangerous for fire damage and death when leaked. The H2 goes up by gravity and if ignited becomes a single vertical flame possibly burning trees or a ceiling while gas fumes explode and then burn everywhere it goes spreading by gravity in a widening area to burn the life on the surface.

Hydrogen IS the future of transportation with batteries as back up and for short high power needs that the H2 fuel cell recharges for the next high power need.
ScienceFan
It is a costly option for road, maybe something for ships and quite likely for long distance aviation. And yes explosions will happen. Even with low penetration we have already seen a few. Biofuels do not use land efficiently and have at least today a large co2 footprint.
WB
Hydrogen is so doomed. They try FUD like in the comments. Fires in Lithium cars are extremely rare, 10x less common than in gas cars. When looking at the facts and numbers hydrogen makes no sense. Electric does. It's that simple. Or if you don't believe it just look at what the smart money does. Toyota which was the largest market cap car mfg, they put all horses on hydrogen. Tesla on electric..and a few years later Tesla is worth more than Toyota and all other car mfg's COMBINED. If hydrogen is such a sure thing, shouldn't Toyotas stock be much much higher. So don't buy the fear uncertainty and doubt, and do what the smart money does.. Wall Street. The race is over and done according to them. It's EVs and the rest is doomed. OH did I say Tesla has a Semi as well? It has 500 mile range while towing 80,000 pounds. Good luck competing against Tesla with Hydrogen. I'd sell that hydrogen stock every day and twice on Sunday. Do what the smart money did..buy Tesla.
Seasherm
Hydrogen is explosive? Anybody heard of gasoline? There are lots of problems, especially the fact that the hydrogen production system can't produce hydrogen cheaply. Future transportation will require a variety of solutions, and maybe this is on the way to one. We've seen lots of vapor trucks though. Is this going to actually hit the road?