Gemini Motor announces plan for fleet of self-driving hydrogen fuel cell trucks, disrupting…

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today at the 15th Annual VerdeXchange VX2022 Marketmakers Conference, following an initial funding round, Gemini Motor Company announced plans to launch a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell autonomous trucks by 2025. The first prototype is currently under development and will be available for testing next year.

California-based Gemini Motor is a cleantech company that builds zero-emission, self-driving tractor-trailers powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The RoboTruck, the first product in the Gemini line, will have a range of up to 1,400 miles and can be refueled in less than 20 minutes. Since no driver is involved, the fleet of RoboTrucks can operate 24/7, quadrupling the operational efficiency of each unit compared to conventional human-driven trucks. In addition, no driver’s cab is required, resulting in significantly lower investment costs during mass production, thereby mitigating the additional cost of AV sensors and computing equipment.

“The combination of L4/L5 range and zero-emission ‘long-range’ powertrains will transform the future of transportation in ways we can only imagine,” said Alex Rafiee, CEO and Co-Founder of Gemini. . “For the first time, we can accelerate decarbonization in transportation by combining two technologies that enable our zero-emissions fleet to maximize utilization up to 97% of the time over a 24-hour day. This level of extreme utilization significantly reduces CO2 emissions, shipping costs and freight congestion, all at once.” For a frame of reference, Rafiee explained that adding 20,000 Gemini RoboTrucks to the industry would have the same impact beneficial to our environment than adding 3 million new battery-electric passenger vehicles to American roads.

Autonomous vehicles have a positive impact on safety and costs

Using a software-centric approach that incorporates self-learning and sensor fusion, Gemini AI operates vehicles autonomously, performs predictive maintenance, and maximizes fuel efficiency while meeting safety standards. the highest. Gemini Motor is currently working with AV partners to develop its AV stack, which will be ready for early testing later this summer.

According to Gemini co-founder Maik Ziegler, former head of advanced engineering at Daimler Truck North America and former head of commercial vehicles at Hyundai Motor Europe, “Only fuel cell electric propulsion will give us the autonomy and rapid refueling needed to reap the benefits of 24/7 operation from an autonomous truck.” Ziegler goes on to explain, “In this way, we are solving the chicken and egg problem, of which refueling infrastructure or vehicles take priority. Developing a hub-to-hub operating model for Gemini trucks is much more economical than other alternatives, as the number of fueling stations needed for our fleet will be exponentially fewer than would otherwise be the case. »

Gemini’s founders also believe that autonomy should be part of product design from the ground up, which is why they designed a vehicle that not only encompasses the basic functionality of an autonomous vehicle with the redundancy at the in mind, but also designed entirely to optimize the high efficiency of a fuel cell powertrain. The patented design is the first in the world to consider a full 2.75 meter high front shutter that allows surface cooling of the radiator array, while exhaust air is exhausted through the side channels, eliminating thus the need for constant fan operation. This unique design allows for a highly efficient cooling system, improving fuel efficiency. Additionally, fuel efficiency is improved through autonomous driving, which has already been proven to reduce fuel consumption by 10-15% in diesel-powered trucks.

Fuel Cell Trucks Will Bring Substantial Environmental Benefits

Using hydrogen fuel cells allows Gemini to go greener, further and faster. Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) significantly reduce the need for battery minerals and avoid electricity rate increases due to grid upgrades. FCEVs refuel faster, have a longer range and require much less infrastructure than battery electric vehicles. According to Andreas Truckenbrodt, former CEO of Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) and former President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, “there is no alternative to fuel cells like source of energy for CO2-neutral heavy-duty trucks”.

Founded in December 2021, Gemini Motor Company plans to disrupt the logistics industry with the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell and self-driving truck fleet.

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