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Komatsu aims for lead in hydrogen-powered mining trucks

Caterpillar rival looks to keep pace with resource groups' shift away from carbon

A Komatsu 980E dump truck: The Japanese manufacturer aims to add hydrogen-powered mining trucks to its lineup, which already includes electrics. (Photo by Paul H. Trantow)

TOKYO -- Komatsu, Japan's top construction equipment maker, plans to develop hydrogen power as an alternative to diesel for heavy-duty mining dump trucks, in a first for the industry, Nikkei has learned.

The company will start its hydrogen development program in 2021 and aims to have the trucks ready for practical use by 2030.

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