H2X in agreement with Trelleborg Municipality to supply hydrogen buses and waste truck

  • H2X to supply the first of its hydrogen buses into Sweden to the Trelleborg Municipality through Trelleborg Energi.
  • The new hydrogen fuel cell bus and waste truck is the next step for Trelleborg municipality and Trelleborg Energi on the journey to reduce the municipality’s carbon footprint.
  • The hydrogen bus and waste truck will be the first of 10 to join fleet in the Trelleborg Municipality’s first steps to reach zero emission by 2045.
  • This MOU is in line with Trelleborg Energi’s aim to introduce hydrogen solutions in Trelleborg, as part of the company’s development of local, sustainable energy solutions.

H2X & Trelleborg Municipality, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the City’s first ever hydrogen high floor buses and a waste truck in collaboration with local energy company Trelleborg Energi, marking another major step towards making the municipal fleet zero-emission and cleaning up the city & outer regions air.

The new environmentally friendly bus will be the first of the proposed high floor buses and the first from H2X Global in Europe. The new buses will have both hydrogen fuel cells and super capacitors for the use as a school bus across the city and outer regions.

The non-binding MOU between H2X and the Trelleborg Municipality creates additional jobs in Sweden as the production of commercial vehicles for Trelleborg will come from H2X’s European HQ based in Sweden where the full production and Service is located increasing further volume to the recent awarded MoU with the City of Gothenburg.

Head of Northern Europe – Peter Westh said:

“H2X is paving the way for commercial vehicles across the Nordics and are especially pleased to have signed the MOU with Trelleborg Municipality in the form of a Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Buses for the school program. This on the back of our recent agreement with Gothenburg. This is a further step to connect our Zero emission powered vehicles along the European Hydrogen corridor.”

Magnus Sahlin CEO for Trelleborg Energi said:

”This memorandum marks another leap forward in the zero carbon ambitions for the municipality. We want to show that sustainable energy and mobility solutions are not about the future, but about making changes today. The first hydrogen bus and waste truck prove how we take concrete steps towards zero emission transports in the region. With the first fueling station up and running in Trelleborg in January 2023, these initiatives are an amazing start in transforming the vehicle sector in this region.”

Stina Salomonsson, head of Education Administration, Trelleborg Municipality said:

“For us locally, it is natural to take part in the transformation of the Swedish vehicle sector in order to reach the national goal of zero emission to 2045. Our new hydrogen vehicles are a part of this venture.”

CEO & Founder of H2X Global Brendan Norman said:

“We are pleased that Trelleborg and Gothenburg have entered partnership with H2X where we both work together in delivering not only the vehicles tailored for their needs but the total solution for their vehicle management. He added: “Sweden has one of the most progressive Hydrogen strategies, projects and activities in Europe, but we need to continue to act now to tackle climate change to improve our cities air quality. Introducing hydrogen buses and commercial vehicles to authorities’ fleet, by using the right technology for the varying operational requirements will help us all breathe cleaner air.”

About H2X

H2X is an Australian based, global automotive and power unit company focused on absolute sustainability. The company is focused on harnessing the most efficient and effective technologies, with the onus on capturing free and renewable energy sources. A specialisation in hydrogen is the basis of H2X’s growth, however with a strong platform as a maker of electrically powered professional hydrogen vehicles, the company has a versatile approach to finding the right vehicle for the right task. www.h2xglobal.com. H2X Global has operations in Australia, Malaysia, India, and Europe.

About Trelleborgs Energi

Trelleborgs Energi is a modern energy company with the future in mind. All our work evolves around sustainable and innovative solutions, connected to the local community. We aim to turn our customers into climate heroes, make our owners proud, and establish Trelleborg as the most climate smart city in Sweden. Read more on www.trelleborgsenergi.se

Trelleborg Municipality

Sweden’s southern-most municipality strives to deliver a high life quality and a long-term sustainable development to its citizens.

H2X engages with KTM Technologies to Create Lightweight Vehicle Chassis

The ideal growth market

  • KTM Technologies is an affiliated company of international giant KTM
  • H2XGlobal and KTM join forces to develop revolutionary lightweight SMART chassis
  • New chassis to help reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric cars, trucks and buses

Australian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle manufacturer H2X has entered into a partnership with KTM Technologies to create a revolutionary, innovative, lightweight and inexpensive vehicle chassis. KTM is Europe’s largest Motorcycle OEM and global leader in the off-road market. KTM Technologies is the innovation and advanced technology hub within the Pierer Mobility Group, the holding company of the KTM family, and specialises in lightweight design, mobility concepts and products.

KTM Technologies will work with the H2X team to design and develop their vehicle chassis and construction programs. H2X recently announced it will build its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Gippsland, Victoria, and this latest deal marks an important step in H2X’s journey to become a world leader in hydrogen vehicle manufacturing. 

“Our partnership with KTM Technologies is a major milestone in establishing ourselves as a global premium hydrogen vehicle manufacturer,” said H2X’s CEO, Brendan Norman. “By leveraging the resources of a company with unparalleled capabilities such as KTM, we are not only securing our own future, but the development of an internationally competitive industry based in Australia.” 

KTM AG is an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer controlled by Pierer Mobility AG, a company listed in Zurich and Vienna. It was formed in 1992 but traces its foundation to as early as 1934. Today, KTM AG is the parent company of the KTM Group, consisting of the motorcycle brands KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas.

The agreement will see KTM Technologies focuses on development of composite and advanced technologies around e-mobility use its innovative/progressive resources and world-renowned engineers to ideate concept solutions for an origami chassis platform, which H2X will use to develop and produce their vehicles in a radically new cost and resource efficient way.

The cutting-edge chassis will use sheet metal folding and welding technologies for a range of light trucks, vans and pick-up vehicles. H2X says the benefit of employing an origami chassis is that it is much easier to produce and maintain and way more flexible for variants than a conventional chassis. The origami technology allows very efficient and sustainable manufacturing in addition with comparable low invest cost for tooling which is typically a cost driver in typical sheet metal forming process.

KTM Technologies will investigate conceptual solutions for the origami chassis and evaluate which is best suited platform for H2X’s ground-breaking fleet of vehicles.

“KTM is a proven OEM with an 85-plus year history of revolutionising the two wheeler industry,” said Mr Norman. “Their reputation for quality and innovation will help boost our global footprint, as we look to sign more vehicle production agreements like we did earlier his month with the Sarawak State Government in Malaysia.”

KTM Technologies will analyse the best performing chassis and cabin structure layout, using FEM simulations for the optimization of the architecture. In terms of integration, KTM Technologies is designing and developing the chassis layout to complement the origami chassis approach.

In addition to the structural components of the vehicle, KTM will investigate and develop the best and most sustainable utilisation of eco-friendly materials for the exterior panels, considering the complete product lifecycle.

“The approach of KTM Technologies is to implement the most advanced techniques available and foreseeable, and combine it with H2X’s innovative approach with the origami chassis. Related to their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid approach we see a great opportunity coming in sustainable mobility that we are very excited to play a part in.” says Peter Martin, CEO of KTM Technologies.

“KTM Technologies has been a leader now for more than 15 years in lightweight and composite technologies, such as KTM’s revolutionary carbon fibre sports car “X-Bow” and many innovations for our world leading 2-wheeled products. Further on KTM Technologies supported many leading 4-wheeler manufacturers and we continue this leadership through our ”DRIVEN BY THE NEW” mentality to be a continued driver and the leader in this space as the world of Zero Emission Mobility comes to maturity.”

The partnership illustrates H2X’s ability to partner with global leading brands and innovators such as KTM.  As H2X continues to demonstrate tangible strategic partnerships in all facets of business, momentum is building ahead of the company’s planned listing on a major stock exchange.

The partnership illustrates H2X’s ability to partner with global leading brands and innovators such as KTM.  As H2X continues to demonstrate tangible strategic partnerships in all facets of business, momentum is building ahead of the company’s planned listing on a major stock exchange.

Further on from this development, KTM Technologies and H2X are working together on a number of other projects including an exciting Motorsport Venture around Hydrogen which will be announced in the coming months.

About H2X

H2X is an automotive and power unit company focused on absolute sustainability. The company is focused on harnessing the most efficient and effective technologies, with the onus on capturing free and renewable energy sources. A specialisation in hydrogen is the basis of H2X’s growth, however with a strong platform as a maker of electrically powered vehicles, the company has a versatile approach to finding the right vehicle for the right task. www.h2xglobal.com. H2X Global has operations in Australia, Malaysia, India, and throughout Europe.

About KTM Technologies

KTM TECHNOLOGIES GmbH deliver unique solutions by combining whole-vehicle development knowhow with lightweight design expertise. The DNA of innovative and production-ready products is built on creativity and experience, using the latest methods and sophisticated processes – whether for two, three or four-wheel projects or the future challenges of other industries. Mobility beyond existing solutions. Innovative lightweight construction. Applied technologies. Three factors that KTM Technologies deals with every day, to develop reliable and safe solutions and innovative possibilities. Expanded with a deep understanding of the entire vehicle, the highly qualified employees at KTM Technologies solve challenges in many industries – from the first idea to serial production. As a specialist in concept development, KTM Technologies GmbH has specialised in mobility concepts, high-performance and lightweight technologies.

H2X Global Forges Alliance With Swedish City Gothenburg

Australia’s leading hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer H2X Global has inked an agreement with one of Sweden’s major municipal waste companies to provide hydrogen-powered trucks and light vehicles.

Renova, owned by ten municipalities across Gothenburg in western Sweden, has signed a memorandum of understanding with H2X Global who will build the company five commercial vehicles: 

  • One 18 tonne back loader truck.
  • One 28 tonne demountable truck .
  • Three 3.5 tonne tail lift vehicles.

 

The agreement creates an opportunity for H2X Global to grow its operations in Scandinavia and become a prominent producer of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the region.

Renowned for its innovative strategies in industry and technology, Sweden has stated its ambition to become the world’s first fossil-free state. To get there, carbon from the transport sector must be reduced, meaning H2X’s hydrogen vehicles will play a crucial role in helping the country achieve this goal.

Hydrogen car manufacturer H2X Global ‘stepping on the gas’ with eyes set on IPO

One of Australia’s leading hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturers, H2X Global (H2X), is gearing up for a stellar year with the launch of its extended-range hydrogen-powered Warrego ute during the next quarter.

Securing more than $50 million in pre-orders from enthusiastic early adopters, the Warrego can drive 750 kilometres before needing to refuel its 220KW motor, can reach speeds of 150kph, and accelerates to 100kph in eight seconds.

Demonstrating that ‘clean fuel cells’, H2X recently expanded its operations in Scandinavia after signing an agreement with one of Sweden’s major municipal waste companies Renova.

The Sydney-headquartered company will provide hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks and light vehicles to the city of Gothenburg, in a deal that H2X believes will pave the way for it to develop and produce vehicles for the wider Scandinavian transport industry in the future.

“It’s a really good deal; it provides us with a starting point to build a couple of vehicles for their garbage facilities, but it also introduces us to a lot of different activities that we’ll do with them,” founding team leader and CEO Brendan Norman tells Business News Australia.

“They’ve got quite a large fleet of vehicles behind them, and there are more than 500 vehicles, so it’s a matter of us doing the job properly and making the right sort of relationship with them, so we can then go ahead and invest in growing that business very strongly.

“Our team has worked on some garbage trucks on behalf of other companies before; however, this one is on a different power level than the previous. But if we increase the power levels, that’ll give us a great opportunity to show what we can do and then really push forward to see what can happen when we do these jobs.”

H2X will provide Renova with five commercial vehicles from the H2X range, including an 18-tonne back loader truck, a 28-tonne demountable truck and three 3.5-tonne tail-lift vehicles.

With manufacturing bases in Australia, India, Malaysia, and Scandinavia, the business is quickly moving towards its target of entrenching itself within 12 to 15 cities, where it can bed down and provide an appropriate after-sales environment for the first 24 months.

“The growing interest in hydrogen fuel cell technology in Europe has accelerated as the need to find alternatives to natural gas and oil increase with tensions in Europe’s north,” H2X chief design officer Chris Reitz said.

“We know that all of Europe is watching how Sweden and its neighbours adopt renewables, and we are very grateful to be included in the planning at this early stage.

“Our unique competence combining both a scalable hydrogen powertrain solution with internal Automotive knowledge enables us to tailor hydrogen-powered vehicles to the needs and specifications of our customers.”

H2X / Renova zero-emissions truck powered by hydrogen.

Background

Registered as a business in Australia in 2021, H2X is the culmination of CEO Brendan Norman’s journey in car manufacturing to date, an industry he has worked in since the early 1990s.

Having previously held senior management roles within the automotive industry at BMW, Volkswagen and Audi, which took him to countries including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and China, Norman’s introduction to the hydrogen industry came after he was approached to act in an advisory capacity for UK hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric car manufacturer Riversimple in 2009.

After assisting with Riversimple’s launch in 2016, Norman and his business partner Chris Reitz were approached by Chinese investors to set up a fuel cell car company, known as Grove Hydrogen Automotive (Grove), in Wuhan in 2016.

Following the successful launch of Grove, the business faltered following the economic crisis in Wuhan in 2019. At that point, Norman and Reitz left to establish a more international and sustainable hydrogen focused vehicle company in Australia.

Initially raising $10 million in capital funding through long-held contacts, Norman’s design-focused business amalgamated with a separate group that were long time acquaintances but independently working on powertrains.

Once it was established that the vehicle designs fit with the powertrain and the idea worked well as a concept for what the company was trying to achieve in Australia, the two ideas were merged within a short space of time.

H2X has two key operating divisions; one is designing and delivering the powertrain systems to heavy equipment and stationary power applications; the second develops and delivers multiple light equipment vehicles using a proprietary H2X fuel cell and powertrain system.

“When we refer to hydrogen, we’re talking about the tanks that store the hydrogen – so the energy is within the hydrogen in those tanks,” Norman told Business News Australia in 2020.

“The hydrogen is then passed into a fuel cell; the fuel cell then converts the hydrogen into electric energy. A little bit of water will come out, but the electric energy is passed either directly to the motors or into a battery or supercapacitor, depending on the vehicle’s operation mode.

“If it’s accelerating, we generally use electric power from the battery plus the fuel cell power directly; when it’s cruising, we tend to use the fuel cell so that it will do different sorts of things at different times.”

Sitting behind operational teams dispersed across the globe is a development team of 30 people. The sales and design activities are mainly carried out in Barcelona, with more than 100 people now working for the company and more to come onboard soon as the business continues to scale.

‘We have a whole team that can develop cars, and that’s part of the core of what makes us a little bit different to some of our competitors, in that we are a car company and then we’ve bought in a team who can do the development of the vehicles,” Norman said.

“It’s turned out to be quite a good approach because we’ve got a team who can provide us with the background. We’re doing things differently from most other car companies – we’re using a different sort of approach in the way we’re putting chassis together, for example.

Focused on absolute sustainability, H2X concentrates on harnessing the most efficient and effective technologies, with the onus on capturing free and renewable energy sources.

Working with hydrogen infrastructure providers and commercial operators to establish cost-effective ecosystems from the start, the automotive and power unit company specialises in medium distance (300-600km) vehicles that are efficient to run.

H2X CEO Brendan Norman.

EV versus Hydrogen

“There’s one big difference between hydrogen and electric cars, and that is that hydrogen vehicles can turn up, refuel and leave within three minutes, so it is a completely different ballgame in terms of the distribution we can have,” Norman explained when asked about advantages of hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2020.

“You can see that Shell, and these types of companies, are getting into the hydrogen story because it’s an extension of their business model into the future and very convenient for people. As well as their petrol products, they can offer hydrogen products, which means there’s no need to have different heavy infrastructures put in place for vehicles overnight.”

Norman foresees that on a typical day, a hydrogen delivery van, or taxi, would be used for a six-hour shift before refuelling, which could be completed within three minutes. The vehicle could then be put back on the road with a driver change, essentially for permanent use.

“There’s one big difference between hydrogen and electric cars, and that is that hydrogen vehicles can turn up, refuel and leave within three minutes, so it is a completely different ballgame in terms of the distribution we can have,” Norman explained when asked about advantages of hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2020.

H2X’s The Van Darling.

In October 2021, H2X announced plans to build hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in Gippsland, Victoria, which will be their second facility after initially setting up in Port Kembla in New South Wales.

Under the agreement with the Gippsland Circular Economy Precinct (GCEP), a consortium of businesses that recognise the need to transition the local economy from brown coal power generation to renewables, H2X will manufacture hydrogen fuel cells, electrolysers, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles and a range of hydrogen power units including generators and emergency power supplies in the region.

Outside of Australia, the business is targeting the growing hydrogen fuel cell transport markets in the emerging key regions of China, North America, Europe, North Asia and Scandinavia.

The business’ initial focus turned very heavily towards the southern part of Europe, where initially, there was a lot of swift movement. When that interest faded, H2X pulled back and pivoted towards India, Malaysia, and Scandinavia.

Norman acknowledges there’s less interest from a media lens perspective in these geographic areas, but they offer the business a perfect breeding ground to entirely focus on the product.

H2X’s The Taxi MPV Darling.

Ownership

H2X signed a preferred supplier agreement with Pure Hydrogen (ASX: PH2) in 2021, with Pure Hydrogen now being the preferred supplier of hydrogen to H2X. As part of the agreement, Pure Hydrogen became the largest shareholder in H2X earlier this year with a 24 per cent stake, which could increase to 48 per cent if the attached share options are exercised.

PH2 shares alone have more than doubled since the deal was announced in October.

Building on their success since founding H2X, Norman and Reitz were invited to share their innovations at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last year.

“We were able to introduce what we were doing to different people and talk to what was really an amazing group of people because they’re from all sorts of different walks of life, saying all sorts of different things,” Norman said.

“When we’re able to talk to them about where we are and what we’re doing, I think it surprised a few people in terms of how deeply we’ve been looking at it, from the point of view of the car industry, which is quite different to some of the other players that come from other areas.

The expectation is that the price of hydrogen will reduce significantly in the future. The Australian Commonwealth Government set a target for hydrogen to cost A$2.80 per kilogram by 2030. This means refuelling a 6.2-kilogram tank could cost as little as A$17.50.

“There’s a bunch of other vehicles that we’re going to have by the end of this year, including the trucks and some bus activities that will help kick us off,” Norman says.

“There’s definitely a cost issue, but what we’re doing is pushing the price down, and we’ve seen the price come down a lot over the last 24 months – the cost of some of the key units has gone from $1800 to $300 per kilowatt.

“We’re getting ourselves to a situation where we can start to become a lot more cost-effective, a lot more quickly than we planned, so that’s a pretty good position that we’re in.”

A specialisation in hydrogen is the basis of H2X’s growth; however, with a strong platform as a maker of electrically powered vehicles, the company has a versatile approach to finding the right vehicle for the right task.

“We do have some vehicles where we are looking at having battery-operated operations in some areas, which we think can be quite positive because there are certain functions where battery functions work better,” Norman says.

“However, one of the most exciting things about what we’re doing is mainly around the body and how we’re putting the vehicle together. You’ll see a lot more work with high tech composites in the body; that will be a key for us.

“We’ll be using some materials that haven’t been seen on vehicles before, and we’re pretty excited about what we can do with that. We want to make a vehicle that is a lot safer and can do things in a lot smarter way than some of the industry has done in the past and really create some cool results.”

Spurred on by the US$12 billion Nasdaq electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive raised in November 2021, Norman is working towards a 2023 target for a potential ASX IPO listing.

However, if the market conditions are favourable, he’s not averse to having a “crack” at it in 2022.

Australia made vehicle, H2X SUV “Snowy”.