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JCB Continues to innovate with world’s first mobile hydrogen refueller

In another industry first, JCB unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueller this week.

JCB is investing £100 million in a project to produce super-efficient hydrogen engines and has already showcased working prototypes of a backhoe loader and Loadall telescopic handler powered by hydrogen.

JCB has long been the leader in pioneering developments for the construction industry, and this week’s announcement of the company’s latest innovation proves just that. With its reputation firmly cemented in the world of construction and agriculture machinery, JCB has added yet another revolutionary machine with the unveiling of the first ever mobile hydrogen refueller – ideal for refuelling the range of hydrogen machines.

The mobile hydrogen refueller provides a quick and easy way for customers to refuel their machines on site. Around 97 per cent of construction machines have fuel delivered to them while working on site. This means customers are already used to transporting fuel, allowing refuelling to take place in a matter of minutes.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who is leading JCB’s hydrogen project, said: “Since we became the first construction equipment company to unveil machines powered by hydrogen, many have asked how they can be refuelled.

“Well today we have an answer with our new mobile hydrogen refuelling system, which allows hydrogen to be taken from on-site tube trailers and distributed to machines by our refueller as they work on the job site. This is no different to today when diesel is taken in bowsers to refuel machines”

Fossil fuels are not the future and hydrogen is the practical solution to powering our machines in the decades to come. Our British engineers are doing a fantastic job in developing this technology and there are many more exciting developments to come.

Lord Bamford  | JCB Chairman

A team of 100 engineers is working on the project. The first hydrogen powered machine to be unveiled was a JCB backhoe loader followed, a year ago, by a Loadall telescopic handler. The technology was shown in the Green Zone at COP26 in Glasgow as world leaders debated measures to reduce greenhouse emissions drastically. JCB has manufactured engines since 2004, producing them at plants in Derbyshire and in Delhi, India. Last year JCB celebrated a major milestone with the production of its 750,000th engine.