Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer H2X Global is to trial pumping oxygen into truck cabins to keep drivers alert in deal with South Korea’s NF Co Ltd.
Pumping concentrated oxygen into the cabins of trucks aims to raise driver alertness, reduce fatigue, and improve road safety according to Sale, Victoria-based H2X Global.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the two companies will move to integrate NF’s oxygen concentrator, capable of delivering around 90 percent oxygen, into H2X Global vehicles to keep drivers alert, awake and potentially happier during their journeys.
The oxygen would would be positioned to face the driver, with professional drivers engaged in the testing of the system to provide feedback in real-world conditions.
In August, H2X Global announced it had secured a $85.5 million cornerstone investment from United States-based clean transportation company, Verde Mobility Inc which would help it bring its vehicles to market at a commercial scale and competitive cost.
In May, H2X Global secured a $US23 million contract to supply 37 of its Paroo hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks to Renova, which collects waste for local councils in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
The H2X Global range also includes the Warrego utility vehicle (pictured), with a 130km/hr top speed and a range of 500km and the Swan passenger bus.
CEO and co-founder of H2X Global Brendan Norman, said the partnership with NF went beyond traditional collaboration.
“By integrating their oxygen concentrator into our vehicles, we aim to redefine driver well-being and contribute to a healthier and more alert driving experience.
“Oxygen enrichment benefits include increased alertness, reduced fatigue, and improved cognitive function.”
Picture: H2X Global/Warrego hydrogen fuel cell utility