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The Dakar Rally truck showcases technology that will soon be applied to the road | Photo source Gaussin

A zero-emission electric racing truck is competing in the 2022 Dakar Rally

Mobility & Transport

The lightweight vehicle is powered by hydrogen and electricity

Spotted: French technology company GAUSSIN recently announced its entry in the 2022 Dakar Rally – an electric-hydrogen racing truck. Called the H2, the vehicle is zero emission and showcases the performance capability of the combination of hydrogen and electric power.

Away from the track, the company currently offers two versions of it vehicles. A fully electric option or a combination fuel cell and hydrogen engine option. Its batteries are compatible with most commercial charging designs, and business owners can choose between a fast and ultra-fast charging option. The fast charge completes in 20 to 30 minutes, while the ultra-fast charge takes only 10 minutes. As well as mobile charging units for individuals and smaller businesses, GAUSSIN provides charging stations for commercial fleets.

The truck competing in the 2022 race is designed for long-range driving, with approximately 20 minutes of hydrogen refuelling providing 800 kilometres of distance. The H2 Racing Truck is the first of a new fleet of zero-emission road trucks that will be launched from 2022. There is an autonomous version as well as a truck for distribution and construction. A key benefit of GAUSSIN’s technology is that it has been developed for an ultra-light chassis.

Commenting on the H2 truck, Gaussin CEO, Christophe Gaussin, said, “For the GAUSSIN Group and its partners, this project, which has now become a reality, represents a technological achievement and the fruit of years of work and experience in zero-emission mobility. “

The speed of innovation in electric vehicles is impressive, with Springwise recently spotting an all-electric construction fleet as well as a new public transport option consisting of a fleet of self-charging micro cars.

Written by: Keely Khoury



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