International showcase for JCB’s hydrogen engine innovation

JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope with the JCB hydrogen engine at CONEXPO

JCB’S £100 million project to produce super-efficient hydrogen engines has been given its international debut at CONEXPO 2023 in Las Vegas.

A team of 150 engineers is working on the initiative to develop hydrogen combustion engines – and more than 50 prototypes have already been manufactured at JCB’s UK engine plant.

The wraps came off the new JCB hydrogen combustion engine at CONEXPO as part of the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE).

JCB chairman Anthony 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. 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.”

Prototype JCB hydrogen engines are already powering backhoe loader and Loadall telehandlers. JCB has also unveiled its own mobile refuelling bowser to take the fuel to the machines.