Hyzon Motors AU to supply 20 hydrogen-powered refuse collection vehicles

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Hyzon Motors Australia has entered a partnership with Australian waste handling equipment manufacturer Superior Pak for the supply of up to 20 refuse collection vehicles in 2022. 

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the development of hydrogen-powered refuse collection vehicles, with an initial supply of five trucks, with an expectation of orders for 15 more in 2022.

The companies aim to deliver a zero-emissions, high-performance side lift garbage truck, capable of undertaking the 1500 to 2000 compactor lifts required during an 8 to 10 hour suburban working cycle. The first five vehicles are expected to be delivered and operational in Q2 2022.

Three of the first five vehicles are expected to be available from Hyzon under minimum one month demonstration loan arrangements in the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne areas associated with available hydrogen refueling facilities. 

Orders are currently being accepted for the balance of 15 vehicles with expected demand from local governments as well as waste collection operators across Australia.

Superior Pak has already delivered over 3000 compaction units for more than 50 municipalities in Australia and New Zealand, providing existing relationships from which to grow the distribution.

“Over 530 Australian municipalities manage waste collection for their residents, many of which have committed to net-zero emissions across their operations,” said Hyzon chief executive Craig Knight. 

“Despite these commitments, few viable zero-emissions options exist.”

The vehicle developed by Hyzon and Superior Pak is expected to be the first clean RCV available in Australia to undertake full operational curb-side collection duties.

Refuse collection offers a particularly suitable application for hydrogen fuel cell technology to replace diesel, as the back-to-base model allows for a central refueling infrastructure. Operating the hydraulic lifts also demands significant power, which Hyzon’s high-density fuel cells can readily supply.

“Clean waste management is no longer an oxymoron,” said Rob Wrigley, managing director of Superior Pak. 

“The benefits to the environment, the communities and drivers is enormous, so we are determined to develop a reliable, accessible option within a year.”