H2X reveals Warrego hydrogen powered utility

Australian hydrogen electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer H2X Global has released details and photographs of its long awaited Warrego hydrogen powered utility vehicle (pictured).

The Australian company is moving to achieve European compliance for the vehicle, to be followed by Australian compliance.

Based on the Ford Ranger utility, the utility is being converted to include the H2X powertrain developed for light vehicles featuring a Supercapacitor based Hybrid system at factories in Sale, Victoria and in Holland.

The vehicle pictured is one built in Holland, however a spokesman for the company said the Sale production facility was within weeks of completion, and had begun work on converting the Warrego.

H2X announced its move into hydrogen vehicles in 2020, however while the company has announced a number of deals worldwide, its path towards Australian manufacture has been frustratingly slow, with numerous false starts.

H2X Global CEO Brendan Norman said the completion of the first Warrego pick up was a milestone for the company, as was the recent production of a range of hydrogen fuel cell emergency power and industrial use generators.

Norman said: “It is true that we have had some frustrating delays over the past nine months, however, we are now well on track with our roll out plans.

“It is extremely satisfying that our team now have the Warrego running through the final stages its engineering, safety and on road verification program and production readiness.

“Supply chain issues, which have negatively impacted manufacturing companies worldwide, put us about nine months behind schedule, however, our production and engineering teams have done an amazing job to overcome these problems and we are now back on schedule.”

The Warrego is H2X Global’s first application is to demonstrate the company’s capabilities as a basis for the upcoming all new H2X Darling Delivery Van.

This will be the first of the fully developed and optimised vehicles from H2X.

Norman said the focus for the first Warrego had been for a European release, mainly due to the availability of hydrogen at customer level in European cities.

“The Warrego is essentially a demonstration vehicle…using a state-of-the-art Hybrid Hydrogen Fuel Cell System.

“This application will be applied in a more optimised form in the Darling Delivery Van and Taxi/MPV targeted for release by the end of 2024.”

The first release Warrego features a 60-kw fuel cell connected to a hybrid battery/supercapacitor electric drive system.

This is connected to a 700-bar type 4 hydrogen tank system constructed of an advanced polymer and Carbon Fibre base which offers exceptional safety levels with very long standards of operation.

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Picture: H2X/Warrego utility

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