Riyadh — Ahmed Al-Saadi, Saudi Aramco senior vice president of technical services, said that the company plans to localize the production of hydrogen vehicles in the Kingdom; and develop related technologies through the company’s Advanced Innovation Center, called LAB7.
He said that hydrogen fuel would be instrumental in bringing down emissions, especially in heavy vehicles.
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According to Al-Saadi, developing innovative fuels and efficient technologies for internal combustion engines will reduce emissions in the future.
Saudi Aramco’s first hydrogen-powered truck participated in the 2022 Dakar Rally, a 4,000-mile off-road race. The H2 Racing Truck, produced by the French automotive startup Gaussin SA and backed by Saudi Aramco, ran the first 12-mile stage of the race as a demonstration vehicle. Hydrogen fuel cells are an appealing option for long-haulers as they are lighter than batteries.
Last December, Saudi Aramco signed an agreement with the French renewable energy technology giant Gaussin; to set up a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen-powered vehicles in Saudi Arabia. On occasion, Al-Saadi said that the agreement represents the start of an exciting collaboration; to advance and promote hydrogen as a low-carbon transportation fuel.