Hyzon Motors and TotalEnergies, through its Marketing and Services division, have joined forces to develop hydrogen refuelling and vehicle supply solutions for long-haul transportation in Europe.
Formalising the agreement today (July 12), through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the duo said they want to make it easier for fleet owners to transition to hydrogen fuel and have big plans to increase the uptake of such technology.
Both parties already have hydrogen stations and hydrogen-powered vehicles in operation, respectively.
Commenting on the new collaboration, John Wilson Vice-President of Gas Mobility at the Marketing and Services division of TotalEnergies, said, “At TotalEnergies, we are convinced that hydrogen is a mobility solution of the future. That is why TotalEnergies Ventures previously invested in Hyzon Motors.
“The announcement today takes that relationship further, giving the company a leverage to expand the reach of hydrogen in the commercial vehicle market in Europe.
“To achieve our climate ambition of net zero emissions by 2050, together with society, hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks must come to market. We are therefore excited about this partnership with Hyzon.”
A first concrete operational step is the announcement of the signature of an additional MoU between Hyzon and TotalEnergies, this time through its French affiliate TotalEnergies Marketing France, which oversees its service-stations network and new mobilities solutions in France.
Under this second MoU, the companies will collaborate on developing ecosystems and will secure by 2023 the production of 80 hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks for TotalEnergies’ French customers.
On the duo’s plans, Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon Motors, said, “It’s rare to find a company as committed to the energy transition as Hyzon – but we’ve found that in TotalEnergies. While this is another important development in our relationship, we don’t expect it to be the last.
“Hydrogen will play a significant role in decarbonizing transport and we look forward to working with one of the world’s leading energy companies to deploy hydrogen solutions at scale across Europe.
“Their relationships, customer base and current infrastructure are a huge asset as we aim to make it as easy as possible for fleet owners to make the switch to hydrogen.”
The global hydrogen revolution for commercial vehicles is here, and Hyzon Motors is at the vanguard
It was 2003 when Craig Knight, George Gu and Gary Robb set out on a mission to build the world’s first profitable fuel cell company. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies was established in Singapore that year, and has a founding story fuelled with curiosity, ambition and willingness to move forward in one of the most difficult technology spaces.
Technology-agnostic and commercially focused, Horizon’s ambition was to achieve sustainable decarbonisation targets without relying on government subsidies, billions of dollars of private capital, and to create a profitable fuel cell company, in an industry that had not seen a profit in 30 years, and was still quite far from breaking through at the time.
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