Some years ago, one of the proposed solutions to the problem of long EV recharge times was to build an infrastructure of battery-swap stations. When owners needed to recharge, it was imagined that they would simply drive to one of these stations and have their EV’s battery dropped, replaced with a freshly charged one of the same capacity, and be on their merry way. Things didn’t quite pan out, but Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is ready to revisit the concept, in a sense, as it seeks to solve the issue of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle refueling in advance of the arrival of its forthcoming hydrogen truck: the HFC Boot Pickup.
In a new press release, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus revealed that the hydrogen Boot would have swappable cryogenic hydrogen tanks “that can be easily changed 24/7/365 worldwide as one swaps out propane BBQ tanks.”
The tanks are fully DOT-compliant, and they keep the hydrogen in its liquid form rather than its gaseous state. Being more dense than gaseous hydrogen, the liquid hydrogen will be more energy-dense; Glickenhaus is targeting a range of 600 to 1,000 miles. That’s impressive as all get-out for a zero-emissions pickup truck.
The Glickenhaus Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boot One
That wasn’t the only bit of news to come out of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus about its forthcoming hydrogen truck. The company has also revealed that it’s settled on the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD to serve as the basis for its first hydrogen Boot prototype, the Glickenhaus Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boot One. The small, boutique supercar manufacturer will pick one up this weekend, it says, removing the engine, transmission, and other unneeded systems to make room for its replaceable tank system, fuel cell stack, electric traction motors, and other components.
The truck will serve as the prototype for the version of the hydrogen-fueled SCG Boot that will actually be sold to the public, at a projected price of around $100k, although the company is also hard at work on a racing version of the truck that will tackle the grueling Baja 1000 desert race. And sure, locking one in will likely prove a lot more challenging than simply going to your local Ford or Chevy dealer and putting in an order for a new F-150 Lightning or Silverado EV, and fueling infrastructure will be highly limited. But as Glickenhaus is quick to point out, the hydrogen Boot won’t have to lug around 1,800 pounds of lithium-ion battery, which should give it significantly more hauling capacity, along with the increased range. That counts for something.