DHL Express pilots first hydrogen truck

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DHL Express has announced it is piloting its first hydrogen truck. The pilot is part of DHL’s decarbonisation strategy.

Apple is the first customer to test the new long haul logistics solution. DHL Express will pilot the hydrogen truck between Breda, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Interreg NW Europe program H2-Share, coordinated by WaterstofNet. The program’s goal is to facilitate the development of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on hydrogen for logistic applications, as well as gaining practical experience.

While battery-electric trucks can operate efficiently within last-mile delivery, fuels from renewable energies such as hydrogen are essential for zero-emission line-haul. DHL Express is therefore now testing a heavy-duty vehicle, with a fuel cell range extender from VDL.

According to the company, the truck, operated by Dutch Nassau Sneltransport, covers a daily distance of around 200 km, running the cross-border route between the Netherlands and Belgium. The truck refuels on a daily basis in Breda at a mobile fuel station from Wystrach as part of the project. It transports deliveries of DHL Express’ customer Apple. During the piloting phase, the company hopes that up to 350 tons of CO2 can be saved with the new technology.

CEO of DHL Express Europe Alberto Nobis commented: “In a globalized world, sustainable and clean fuels are essential for climate-neutral logistics. Not only for sea and air freight but also line-haul road freight, as these help reduce emissions. That’s why we engage not only in the electrification of our fleet but also invest in the development of alternative drive systems for very long range”.

Source: DHL 



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