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JCB hydrogen technology set for international debut

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Lord Bamford and the JCB hydrogen engine

Company’s brand-new hydrogen combustion engine to be showcased at Conexpo 2023 in Las Vegas

JCB are set to showcase their super-efficient hydrogen combustion technology on the international stage for the first time ever with a debut in North America.

The wraps will come off JCB’s brand new hydrogen combustion engine – the company’s zero-carbon emissions solution for construction and agricultural equipment – at the Conexpo 2023 show in Las Vegas as part of the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE).


JCB chairman Lord Bamford, who is leading the project to develop JCB’s hydrogen technology, said: ‘The JCB engineering team has made enormous strides in a short space of time to develop a hydrogen internal combustion engine and it already powers a JCB prototype backhoe loader and a Loadall telescopic hander.

‘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.’

Leading the way in environmental, social and governance (ESG) for the construction equipment sector, JCB have been responsible for a series of industry innovations on their ‘Road to Zero’.

The company 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 have 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 their 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. The company’s clean diesel engine technology will also be showcased on the stand in Las Vegas.


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