In order to deliver on commitments to the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal, a shift to electric transport is inevitable, both on and off-road. Whilst the value of battery-powered off-highway vehicles is well known, currently batteries are only suitable for smaller machines as they are unable to meet the power demands of heavier vehicles. This is where hydrogen as a fossil-free power source will be key: and now insight and experience from Volvo Construction Equipment can help you address all the key issues.

During this round table discussion, the panellists will consider the importance of hydrogen in off-road development, the crucial role relationships with stakeholders will play, and what you will need to know when moving to hydrogen.


• How a fuel cell system works and what are its best off-road applications
• Where investment in hydrogen fuel cell technology should sit within the industry’s wider commitment to electromobility
• How hydrogen fuel cell technology will play a key part in achieving ambitious climate change goals
• Why partnerships – with policymakers, infrastructure planners and other industry innovators – will be vital in helping the off-highway industry accelerate the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell solutions
Wed, Jun 30, 2021 · 2:00 PM London (GMT 1:00)
Tom Stone
Editor - Industrial Vehicle Technology Magazine
Thomas Bitter
Head of Technology - Volvo Construction Equipment
Thomas Bitter has been Head of Technology for Volvo Construction Equipment since 2019. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of Volvo CE’s global technology strategy and has overseen some major advances in innovation – including the launch of Volvo CE’s first electric compact machines in 2020 through to the launch this year of the company’s first Fuel Cell Test Lab into hydrogen fuel cell technology, as well as ongoing research and development into autonomous construction machines. Thomas is a member of Volvo CE’s Executive Management Team and reports to President Melker Jernberg, Thomas is based at Volvo CE’s global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Carolina Diez Ferrer
Head of Advanced Engineering Programs - Volvo Construction Equipment
Carolina Diez Ferrer is Head of Advanced Engineering Programs at Volvo CE, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she works alongside Thomas Bitter. She joined Volvo CE in 2020 to lead the Advanced Engineering department, responsible for setting the technology direction and supporting business transformation towards new sustainable and efficient solutions within areas such as automation, electromobility and connectivity. Her team is also responsible for identifying technology and market trends and securing public-funded projects to help support the technology direction of Volvo CE. Prior to joining, Carolina worked at parent company Volvo Group as Portfolio Manager in Electromobility.