Automotive News – Late October 2022

JCB has developed a mobile hydrogen refueller for construction sites, describing it as a “world first for the industry”.

JCB is investing £100m in a project to produce hydrogen engines and has already developed working prototypes of a backhoe loader and Load all telescopic handler powered by hydrogen.  JCB has a team of 100 working on its hydrogen project.

The mobile hydrogen refueller represent another link to the vision of a hydrogen-powered future – providing a practical way for contractors to refuel their machines on site.

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.”


Brighouse-based emergency services specialist, Venari Group, has secured a contract to supply a UK-first hybrid aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) truck to Cranfield Airport, which is owned by Cranfield University.

Following an 18-month phase of market research and a subsequent tender process, Venari has been awarded a contract by Cranfield University to supply a Ziegler Z-Class Hybrid Drive.

The university is a leader in sustainable aviation research and development and was awarded £3m earlier this year to decarbonise airport operations and further develop low-carbon aircraft.


Bentley Motors has announced that production has started on the all-new Bentayga Extended Wheelbase at the company’s sustainable factory campus in Crewe. In parallel, Bentley confirms Type Approval and a set of performance figures that delivers the renowned effortless luxury of a Bentayga, without compromise.

Bentayga Extended Wheelbase (EWB) increases the Bentley range to five models, the result of a nine-figure investment to create the best rear cabin experience since the Mulsanne. It builds on the strengths of the Bentayga, a car that defined the luxury SUV sector at launch in 2015. Following its debut earlier this year, the EWB accounts for approximately 40% of total Bentayga orders and further cements the model as Bentley’s best-selling.


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