JCB’s hydrogen combustion engine to make North American debut

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.

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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.

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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.