JCB Hydrogen Machine Makes Trade Show Debut – At Excon, India

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JCB unveiled its pioneering hydrogen combustion technology at EXCON, India’s premier construction equipment trade show taking place in Bengaluru.

In its first-ever trade show appearance anywhere in the world, the JCB hydrogen-powered backhoe loader prototype, part of a £100 million investment, was unveiled alongside JCB’s unique hydrogen combustion engine.

Speaking at EXCON earlier today, JCB India’s CEO and Managing Director, Deepak Shetty said: “It is fitting that this 3DX backhoe loader, powered by a hydrogen combustion engine, is being  unveiled in India just as COP28 draws to a close in Dubai. As the world has been assessing its collective progress towards achieving its climate goals, JCB is showing it has a practical and affordable technology in place to decarbonise construction, both in India and across the world.”

India’s concerted efforts towards making hydrogen a zero-carbon fuel of the future is creating the conditions for a hydrogen ecosystem through the National Hydrogen Mission. JCB India is proud to be taking the lead in introducing this hydrogen combustion technology to India, made possible because of the vision of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who has been the driving force behind the development of the technology.

Deepak Shetty | JCB India’s CEO and Managing Director

In advance of the EXCON exhibition, JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “India has a real opportunity to put hydrogen at the very centre of its net zero future – it is a clean zero carbon fuel which can be produced from renewable energy. India is endowed with sun and water resources, the two key elements required for producing hydrogen. It is a fuel that allows for fast refuelling and is a mobile fuel solution, in that fuel can be taken to the machine. Our machines work long hours, particularly in India, so minimising downtime to recharge or refuel is essential. Hydrogen is a perfect solution for India, particularly for the earthmoving sector.”

Lord Bamford added: “Fossil fuels are not the future. Developed from first principles, the JCB hydrogen engine has been designed to optimise the combustion of hydrogen, so that it can deliver the same power, the same torque, and the same efficiency that powers JCB machines today, but in a zero-carbon way.”

Prototype JCB hydrogen engines are already powering backhoe loader and Loadall telescopic handler machines under test conditions in the UK.

Mr Shetty concluded: “Visitors to EXCON will see Asia’s first construction machine, powered by a hydrogen combustion engine. We are witnessing the beginning of an exciting zero-carbon future in India’s earthmoving sector, and hydrogen combustion will be at the heart of that future.”