USA / Norway – Earlier this year, the zero-emission division of Hexagon Group, Hexagon Purus ASA, based in Oslo, Norway, signed a long-term agreement with an unnamed North American OEM to integrate its batteries, battery software and auxiliary modules into its electric vocational trucks, beginning in 2024. The batteries supplied will be produced at the company’s recently inaugurated battery and hydrogen storage systems factory in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
This contract comes against the backdrop of national U.S. legislation* and California’s Advanced Clean Truck (ACT)** regulation set to come into effect next year. The law will require all truck manufacturers and distributors to have an incrementally higher zero-emission vehicle content when selling in California. The state will also ban the sale of new ICE trucks beginning in 2040.