AZETEC is a collaboration of 12 stakeholders within the energy, technology and transportation sectors that see significant opportunity in partnering to develop hydrogen as a low-carbon, low- cost transportation fuel that can drive substantial economic, environmental, and other societal benefits for their industries and for Alberta.
The project involves the design and manufacture of two heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks that will transport freight between Edmonton and Calgary. These 64–tonne-, B-train tractor-trailers, capable of traveling up to 700 kilometers between refueling, will be the first vehicles of this size and capacity built and tested in the world. They will be able to accommodate the loads, distances, and climate demands of the prairies.
AZETEC is the first step toward future large-scale deployments of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty freight vehicles in Alberta, in coordination with strategically located hydrogen supply and distribution systems.
The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is leading this $16.5-million, three-year project, which includes an Alberta a government contribution of $7.3 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA). AZETEC is one of the projects selected through the ERA’s BEST Challenge, a $100-million funding opportunity for biotechnology, electricity, and sustainable transportation innovations. The total value of these new clean technology projects is $600 million.