Initially, the company designed an excavator that used a hydrogen fuel cell. However, after testing, the team decided that fuel cell technology was not the best option for their customers. They decided to move toward a hydrogen-combustion solution.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford leads the project to develop JCB’s hydrogen technology. He said, “The JCB engineering team has made enormous strides in a short space of time to develop a hydrogen internal combustion engine, and it already powers a JCB prototype backhoe loader and a load-all telescopic handler. As the first construction equipment company to develop a fully working combustion engine fueled by hydrogen, I’m delighted we are now able to present this technology on the international stage.”
Wanting to be a leader in environmental, social and governance for the construction equipment sector, JCB has been responsible for a series of innovations on its road to zero. It developed the first battery-electric mini excavator and has developed zero-carbon products with its e-tech range. JCB has a large range of electric construction equipment already, which will be shown at CONEXPO.
Learn more from the JCB press release.