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Daimler, Shell to accelerate hydrogen truck rollout with extensive refuelling network plans
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Daimler, Shell to accelerate hydrogen truck rollout with extensive refuelling network plans

Daimler Truck and Shell New Energies have joined forces to develop a hydrogen-powered freight corridor to deliver 150 hydrogen refuelling stations and approximately 5,000 Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty fuel cell trucks by 2030.

The two companies on Thursday (May 20) inked an agreement for the effort that will see the development of what the duo believe to be the optimal hydrogen infrastructure network.

Under the plans for such network, Shell intends to initially rollout a hydrogen refuelling network joining three green hydrogen production hubs at the Port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, as well as Cologne and Hamburg in Germany.

Read more: Hamburg Hydrogen Network established to promote hydrogen and reduce emissions

From 2024, Shell aims to launch heavy-duty refuelling stations between the three locations and Daimler Truck aims to hand over the first heavy-duty hydrogen trucks to customers subsequently in 2025.

The plan aims to continuously expand the hydrogen powered freight corridor, which will cover 1200 kilometres by 2025, in order to deliver 150 hydrogen refuelling stations and around 5,000 Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty fuel cell trucks by 2030.

News of the network comes just days after Daimler said its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck is being put through its paces with vigorous testing.

Read more: Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck under rigorous testing

Commenting on the commitment, Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said, “We want to help our customers lower their emissions by accelerating the speed at which hydrogen trucks become a commercially viable alternative to diesel equivalents.

“Shell and Daimler Truck intend to work together to support policies that will help to realise this key moment for fuel cell trucks, and we invite other interested OEMs and industry partners to join us.”

Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck, added, “Shell and Daimler Truck are convinced that hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future.

“With this unparalleled collaboration between two major players of the industry, we are pioneers in tackling the question of what should come first: infrastructure or vehicles. The answer is that both have to go hand in hand and we are both excited by this important step.”

By rail, road or sea: Why Shell is adamant about hydrogen mobility

As we learn in our overarching interview with Shell Hydrogen, the Shell group has both a passion and portfolio for hydrogen energy that pierces perceptions of old. It has a clear commitment to clean energies and hydrogen in particular, backed up by an ever-growing footprint of projects on the ground and confirmed investments.

As we learn in our overarching interview with Shell Hydrogen, the Shell group has both a passion and portfolio for hydrogen energy that pierces perceptions of old. It has a clear commitment to clean energies and hydrogen in particular, backed up by an ever-growing footprint of projects on the ground and confirmed investments.

In its General Manager of Shell Hydrogen, Oliver Bishop, it also has a keen advocate for the clean energies transition and the ‘hugely desirable’ role that hydrogen has to play in this.

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