Hydrogen breaks into the Dakar


Gaussin has announced a fuel cell sports truck project: the first major challenge for the Gaussin H2 will be the Dakar race next year. Subsequently, Gaussin will launch a line of hydrogen trucks for civilian use on the same platform.

The platform for the Gaussin H2 sports truck was developed in-house by the company, and the specialists of the Pininfarina studio were responsible for the design of the novelty. It is reported that the chassis of the truck turned out to be “ultralight”, but the exact data has not yet been given.

The Gaussin H2 sports truck received two electric motors of 408 hp each, as well as a relatively compact 82-kilowatt battery. At the same time, the trucks are equipped with hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 80 kg. It is assumed that at a maximum speed of 140 km / h in racing mode, the Gaussin H2 truck will be able to travel up to 250 km without refueling. The estimated time for replenishing the energy reserve will be 20 minutes. The cruising range of the civilian modification with the same tanks will be up to 800 km.

At the same time, the Gaussin company plans to build a purely electric version of the truck, which will be able to travel up to 400 km without recharging. In this case, the reduction in the time for replenishing the energy reserve to three minutes will be achieved due to the technology of replacing the batteries. The production of civilian versions of Gaussin plans to start in 2022. The truck’s performance at the famous Dakar rally-marathon will be both a test of the chassis and a kind of PR campaign for the new product.

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