Daimler Truck and ZF advance fuel cell technology

November 10, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Daimler Truck and ZF advance fuel cell technology
Independently of each other, Daimler Truck and ZF have launched development projects to bring fuel cell propulsion in heavy-duty and bus transport closer to series production.

Together with TotalEnergies, Daimler Truck AG wants to develop a hydrogen infrastructure for heavy trucks. The cooperation includes hydrogen procurement including the associated logistics, the supply of hydrogen to filling stations, the development of hydrogen-based trucks, the establishment of a customer base and other areas.

TotalEnergies has the ambition to directly or indirectly operate up to 150 hydrogen filling stations in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France by 2030. As part of the cooperation, Daimler Truck also intends to supply hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks to its customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France by 2025. The truck manufacturer will support its customers in ensuring easy and competitive operation of the vehicles.

In order to further develop these projects and establish hydrogen in road freight transport, both companies also want to investigate the possibilities of reducing the total cost of ownership of a hydrogen truck. To this end, they also want to cooperate with the authorities that regulate the corresponding legal framework within the European Union. Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies are also members of the H2Accelerate consortium. The two companies are fully committed to working with the consortium, which supports the introduction of hydrogen-powered transport in Europe in the coming decade.

Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG: "We are fully committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and want to actively contribute to the decarbonisation of road freight transport in the European Union. For long-haul transport, in addition to purely battery-electric trucks, we also see hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in particular as CO2-neutral solutions. For this, we want to build a hydrogen infrastructure in Europe together with partners such as TotalEnergies and I am firmly convinced that this will be essential for establishing fuel cell trucks in the transport sector."

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