CB is to invest £100 million ($138.3 million or €118.5 million) to produce hydrogen engines. The company has targeted Q4 2022 as the launch date for the first customer machines.
JCB unveiled its prototype hydrogen-powered equipment at an event attended by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in October 2021. Lord Bamford, JCB chairman, added:
“We are investing in hydrogen as we don’t see electric being the all-round solution, particularly not for our industry because it can only be used to power smaller machines.It does mean we will carry on making engines, but they will be super-efficient, affordable, high-tech hydrogen motors with zero CO2 emissions, which can be brought to market quickly using our existing supply base.”
JCB celebrated production of its 750,000th engine at the end of 2021.