PHINIA completes successful 1,000+ km endurance test with Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (H2ICE) Vehicle

The test demonstrated the potential of hydrogen as a cleaner alternative to traditional internal combustion engines, showcasing the H2ICE powertrain's capabilities in terms of drivability, performance, and compliance with emissions and safety standards.

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PHINIA Inc. announced the successful completion of a high-performance test for its Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (H2ICE) vehicle, which involved a 1,000+ km journey completed in just 12 hours in challenging winter conditions, the company announced.

The test demonstrated the potential of hydrogen as a cleaner alternative to traditional internal combustion engines, showcasing the H2ICE powertrain’s capabilities in terms of drivability, performance, and compliance with emissions and safety standards.

The 1,056km round trip, starting and ending in Blois, France, was completed while the vehicle was fully loaded, facing temperatures as low as -4 degrees Celsius.

This achievement highlights the potential of H2ICE technology to transform sustainable transportation, offering a cleaner and high-performance alternative for the transportation industry.

“This experiment is just a glimpse into the potential that H2ICE technology has to change the face of sustainable transportation,” said Todd Anderson, Chief Technology Officer of PHINIA. “The success of this 1000+ km on-road demonstration clearly illustrates that H2ICE engines can deliver the power, durability, performance, and range necessary for demanding applications, all while producing near-zero CO2 emissions.”

The transportation industry faces increasing pressure to reduce vehicle emissions due to societal and regulatory developments. Heavy-duty transport often requires continuous high-power operation, which can be challenging due to extreme temperatures, heavy loads, and continuous operating cycles. H2ICE systems offer several key benefits in addressing these challenges, including rapid refueling, durability and reliability and lower weight.

PHINIA’s H2ICE technology builds on more than a century of internal combustion engine development, ensuring a robust and reliable powertrain. The company’s rail, injector, and control systems allow for efficient hydrogen use, resulting in a lighter powertrain compared to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with bulky batteries. This is crucial for maximizing payload capacity in the transport and haulage industry.

PHINIA is deploying its H2ICE technology across various applications to promote sustainable development. One focus area is light commercial vehicles (LCVs). Through collaborations with leading manufacturers, PHINIA has developed H2ICE LCVs that offer a 500 km range, performance comparable to diesel vehicles and significantly reduced NOx emissions.

The technology is also set to make an impact in motorsports, with H2ICE’s power-to-weight ratio making it suitable for endurance racing events. Additionally, H2ICE demonstrates potential in stationary power generation, with gensets capable of 24-hour continuous operation, high-load efficiency and rapid cold starts, making them ideal for backup power applications.

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