The China-based company SANY, one of the largest construction machinery manufacturers in the world, develops vehicles for the construction of hydrogen fuel cells. Two current examples are a dump truck and a mixer truck that have just been rolled out from SANY’s smart flagship factory. The latter is the world’s first hydrogen-powered mixer wagon.

According to the research and development engineer on this project, vehicles used to build hydrogen fuel cells have five key advantages:

  • The realization of a pollution-free environment in which only water and heat are given off.

  • Range. A set of hydrogen bottles with a total volume of 1,680 l ensures a distance of more than 500 kilometers.

  • Power. With a high-torque drive motor and an AMT transmission, the high-performance fuel cell stack has an energy conversion rate of more than 50%. The vehicle shows an improved acceleration rate and climbing ability.

  • Improved weather adaptability. The integrated thermal management system automatically heats and cools in hot and cold weather to ensure optimal performance.

  • Security. Functions such as high thermal protection, overcurrent protection, low pressure alarms and leak detection and control in the hydrogen supply system guarantee a carefree driving experience.

At the United Nations 2020 Climate Change Conference, Chinese President Xi Jiping suggested that China’s carbon dioxide emissions peak by 2030 and that carbon neutrality should be achieved by 2060. That goal requires concrete steps, especially from manufacturers like SANY, that can do tangible change through technological breakthroughs, the company said.

Li Tanbo, deputy general manager of SANY’s Crane Business Unit, said at the introduction of the hydrogen-powered vehicles that SANY has entered a new phase in which the development of construction machinery is geared towards the application of green energy and green smart technologies. SANY plans to become the largest comprehensive hydrogen fuel solutions provider and leading electric vehicle manufacturer in China within five years.