The kickstart for Enginius could hardly have turned out better. On May 16th, 2022, Faun Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG introduced its new brand to the public in Bremen, and only two weeks later, the vehicle manufacturer from Niedersachsen was presented the first ever H2Eco Award during Hannover Messe. At the same time as the industrial fair, the subsidiary of the Faun Group also made a splash at IFAT 2022, the world-leading trade fair for environmental technologies, in Munich from May 30th to June 3rd.“Is that still a Faun?” With this question, Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff, managing partner of the Kirchhoff Group, greeted the numerous employees and visitors that had come to the presenting of the new brand at the Faun location in the far east end of the Hanseatic city of Bremen.
“No, that is something different.” Referred to was the brand new Enginius truck standing behind and a little to the side of Kirchhoff. It was no Faun trash collection vehicle, but something deserving of a new name, a new brand, according to the mechanical engineer.
“With Enginius, we want to be the European market leader for short- and medium-haul hydrogen-powered trucks by 2030.”
Patrick Hermanspann, CEO of the FAUN Group
First Bluepower, then Citypower
As one of the first suppliers of municipal vehicles, the member of the Kirchhoff Group intends to build trucks with hydrogen drives in series. This will involve the Econic body manufactured in Bremen by Daimler Trucks. The body will be just the raw version of the vehicle – without the drive unit. Head of development Georg Sandkühler explained, “The vehicles are coming just the way we need them. Nothing will be thrown out.”
Depending on the customer’s needs, one to three 30-kW fuel cell systems from Hydrogenics and two to four hydrogen tanks from South Korea could be installed. Each 700-bar pressure vessel holds 103 liters of hydrogen, which is about 4 kg. Four tanks enable a travel range of about 240 km (150 mi).
“The first nudge to start the truck comes from the battery. It sits under the cabin,” described Sandkühler. He stated a capacity of 85 kWh, but added that this is the end-of-life value. When new, it stores significantly more power. The energy supply runs on a 700-volt basis, since the cable cross-section required can be decreased with a higher voltage.[…]
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Author: Sven Geitmann