French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium will develop and manufacture hydrogen storage systems for Dutch manufacturer VDL, as part of a European project aiming to deploy 16 hydrogen fuel cell trucks at four sites in Europe.
H2Haul will demonstrate that large fuel cell trucks can carry freight in long-haul traffic with driving ranges, refuelling times and load capacities comparable to diesel lorries.
Set to run for five years in total, the project started last year with the aim of testing 16 heavy goods vehicles in real world operations at sites in Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.
The trucks are being operated by a German logistics company for the BMW Group, Coop, Colruyt Group, Carrefour and Air Liquide.
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