Arcola Energy presents hydrogen powertrain platform

24 november 2020

The British Arcola Energy announced a new proprietary fuel cell powertrain platform, designed for heavy-duty vehicle applications. The ‘A-Drive’ architecture offers a “drop-in replacement” for diesel-based powertrains and is scalable, according to Arcola.

The company names a range of heavy-duty fleets, trucks, municipal operations and public transport applications, including buses and trains. These all require high-duty cycle capabilities, and fast refuelling says Arcola.

“Combining an efficient electric powertrain with the high energy density of hydrogen, Arcola’s HFC A-Drive platform readily delivers twice the practical range of battery-only solutions. This enables fleets to work a full day of heavy-duty service on just one 10-minute hydrogen fill,” said Dr Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy. He added, “The A-Drive platform delivers the integration required to realise these benefits quickly in real-world applications.”

Real-world applications that appear not even a year away. The company plans to market a range of vehicles based on the new architecture from 2021. The A-Drive incorporates a fuel cell motor, converting hydrogen directly to electricity onboard, and a hydrogen storage tank array comprising multiple monitoring and safety systems, says Arcola.

It took ten years development and testing before the A-Drive platform was ready to integrate the performance of all the systems: fuel cell, battery, hydrogen storage, power electronics, thermal management, motor and brakes, according to Arcola. The company claims they can size each component for a particular vehicle, and to deliver the performance requirements of the application accordingly. The platform also communicates the data required by drivers and fleet managers.