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GCN unveils battery electric vehicle range

Hydrogen and electric commercial vehicle maker, Giga Carbon Neutrality (GCN), has launched a comprehensive range of vehicles that it plans to bring to market over the next two years.

GCN will launch 21 different battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles by the end of 2023 the Chinese company announced today.

The portfolio is configurable to a wide range of commercial use cases and includes a tractor unit, buses and last mile logistics vehicles.

At present, the company’s first prototype hydrogen-fueled tractor unit is undergoing advanced road and usability trials in China.

GCN designs its vehicles at a state-of-the-art research and development centre located in Hangzhou, China.

Its international headquarters are located in London.

It is understood GCN has developed its own proprietary hydrogen fuel-cell technology and will initially source batteries from leading manufacturers.

The GCN vehicles are manufactured using lightweight stainless steel and composite materials to improve safety and deliver reductions in weight and energy consumption of at least ten per cent.

The bodies of GCN vehicles are designed to last for 20 years, significantly longer than vehicles from other providers on the market the manufacturer claimed.

GCN is working with public and private sector partners to provide clean energy storage, charging and refuelling infrastructure, as well as specialist financing to support the adoption of what it refers to as its zero-emission commercial vehicles globally.

“We are thrilled to give the world its first look at the future of zero-emission commercial transportation,” said Marty Wade, Giga Carbon Neutrality CEO.

“GCN is enabling a carbon-neutral future for some of the world’s most energy-intensive industries, with clean energy vehicles, new technologies and a fuelling ecosystem to make running clean, reliable vehicle fleets easy for commercial transportation companies.”

The company’s initial range includes a 44-tonne rated hydrogen fuel-cell truck with a top speed of 90 kph and 580 km range before refuelling; a 12-metre transit bus for urban public transport capable of carrying up to 95 passengers; the 6.9 metre GCN Pure Electric Minibus with an ultra-long wheelbase and flat floor structure to provide capacity for up to 13 passengers; and an 8-tonne battery-electric truck to support last mile logistics in urban and rural areas currently known as the GCN Electric Logistics Vehicle.

Partners of GCN include Silk Road Group, Chasun, China Union Pay, UMS Express and State-owned automobile company Chery.

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