An aftermarket company based in Australia that focuses on sustainability through fuel-cell technology has revealed an eco-friendly solution based on the Ford Ranger. Dubbed the H2X Warrego, this advanced workhorse caters to a variety of different requirements.
No specs of the drivetrain fitted to the H2X Warrego have been detailed but the firm states that key information for its rendition includes a payload capacity of 1 500 kg, immediate torque delivery thanks to an electric powertrain, versatility in both urban and rough terrains and three different body interiors for different needs. It also states that the product will adapt well to mining sites, harbours, forest surveillance and border patrolling. It’ll be offered as a 2×4 and 4×4.
Furthermore, it’s understood that the H2X Warrego will adopt braking energy regeneration for the battery which the firm says is ideal given the tasks its product will be subjected to. It also boasts a suspension energy capture system which recharges the battery with each bump that travels through the chassis.
Currently, the H2X Warrego will be intended for regions that have been identified as key fuel-cell technology markets. This includes China, North America, Europe, North Asia and Scandinavia.
According to information sourced from Motoring, company CEO Brendan Norman forecasts “five or six digit volumes of production” of H2X Warrago models within “five to 10 years”.
While production of this product will take place in Australia, Norman goes on to state that “[the company is] also considering some overseas assembly locations … but in general we do see the heart of the vehicle coming from Australia and that’s the target, all things going well.”
“It’s been an interesting ride going through the fundraising process over the last 12 months. That got a lot more difficult than it needed to be.
“We had some activities from overseas with people wanting to come in but then an Australian group Liberty Venture Capital have decided to come on-board to help us through the first rounds and get us moving.
“We are legitimately seven to nine months behind where we wanted to be in terms of deliveries.
“However, the driving force behind us being able to do what we are doing is the delivery of hydrogen and at the moment when we look at the hydrogen products we are not behind them.”