JCB has announced that it will showcase its super-efficient hydrogen combustion technology at the ConExpo 2023 show in Las Vegas as part of the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE).
The company will unveil its 4-cylinder, 4.4-litre hydrogen combustion engine, its zero-carbon emissions solution for construction and agricultural equipment, for the first time internationally. The engine is currently being testing in a JCB backhoe loader and Loadall telescopic handler prototype.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford is leading the project to develop JCB’s hydrogen technology. “The JCB engineering team has made enormous strides in a short space of time to develop a hydrogen internal combustion engine … As the first construction equipment company to develop a fully working combustion engine fuelled by hydrogen, I’m delighted we are now able to present this technology on the international stage,” he explained.
Committed to leading the way in environmental, social and governance (ESG) for the construction equipment sector, JCB has been responsible for a series of industry innovations on its ‘Road to Zero’.
JCB developed the world’s first battery-electric mini excavator and has been at the forefront of electric technology development to meet customers’ demands for zero-carbon products with its E-TECH range. Today JCB has the largest electric line-up available in the construction industry and the company’s expertise in this sector will also be on show at the exhibition.
JCB’s commitment to reducing emissions goes back almost 25 years, and its latest diesel engines have already delivered a 97% reduction in NOx emissions since 1999 and a 98% reduction in particulates. Today, JCB’s diesel-powered machines also emit 50% less CO2 compared with those manufactured in 2010. JCB’s clean diesel engine technology will also be showcased on the stand in Las Vegas.