Caterpillar has revealed the latest steps in its plans to develop a hydrogen-hybrid power solution for its “off-highway” vehicles.
The company announced a three-year program involving a hybrid solution built on its Cat® C13D engine platform. The Cat C13D engine platform was unveiled at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 construction exhibition.
The project will start in the first quarter of 2024 in the Caterpillar facilities in Chillicothe, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas.
Senior Vice PresidentCaterpillar Industrial Power Systems Steve Ferguson said the project will demonstrate how state-of-the-art control systems and electric-hybrid components can help hydrogen-fueled engines meet or exceed traditional diesel engines’ power density and transient performance.
“Every off-highway application has its own unique duty cycles, lifecycle demands and performance expectations, and this complexity is driving the development of a wide range of power solutions for the energy transition,” he said.
“One size does not fit all, which is why we’ve engineered flexibility into the C13D engine to serve as our platform of the future.”
The Cat C13D engine is scheduled for production in 2026 for equipment, including rock crushers, screeners, grinders, material handling equipment and large industrial pumps.
The project is supported and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). It is included among 45 projects across 18 states and Washington, D.C., receiving funding to advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment in several areas critical to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.