A newly developed hydrogen combustion engine designed by AVL hopes to reduce the mass of greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles by more than 3.5 tonnes.

AVL has today confirmed that with the development of the engine it hopes to advance the pan-European goal of becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The development project’s target is to increase both the efficiency potential of multi-port and a direct injected hydrogen engine concept for direct propulsion of a commercial vehicle with an existing standard powertrain.

AVL used a 12.8L natural gas engine for the basis of development and set its performance target at 350kW. With its development of a hydrogen engine, the company hopes to reduce CO2 emissions and ensure high-reliability of the piston-bore interface.

“Based on the results gathered during development, AVL is well prepared to face the upcoming challenges associated with the production development of a hydrogen combustion engine,” AVL said in a statement.

“These engines will usher in a future hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. In the decades to come, hydrogen combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will be using the same fuelling infrastructure, which means that the hydrogen combustion engine technology is paving the way towards a carbon neutral goods transport sector.”



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