Battery electric trucks currently operating in Germany will soon be equipped with Loop Energy’s eFlow™ hydrogen fuel cell modules to expand driving range capabilities.
The effort is part of a new agreement signed yesterday (23rd March) between the Vancour-based company and Rheintal-Transporte, a heavy-duty transportation solutions provider.
Under the agreement Rheintal will use the eFlow™ models to meet levels required by its fleet of long-haul cold-chain logistics vehicles.
To meet such criteria, Rheintal will order enough fuel cell modules for more than 20 hydrogen trucks and trailers. The order will be placed over the next 24 months.
Loop’s complementary Total Customer Care services will also be offered to Rheintal.
“On behalf of Loop Energy, we welcome the opportunity to partner with a progressive company such as Rheintal to help transform their freight-forwarding business by providing a solution that can deliver goods with a reduced environmental impact,” said George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer of Loop Energy.
“This partnership will help pave the way for enabling a heavy-duty vehicle with a total cost-of-ownership that is comparable to traditional solutions, and with similar operational characteristics to diesel engines.”
“We look forward to growing our relationship with Rheintal further in the years ahead.”
Wolfgang Normann, Principal of Rheintal-Transporte, added, “Over the last two years, Rheintal has evaluated a range of zero emission vehicle options and determined that pure battery-electric solutions alone will not meet either our operational demands or range requirements.”
“After a thorough review of next-generation vehicle powertrain solutions, we chose Loop Energy as our catalyst for carbon-free power as their eFlow™ fuel cell range extender system offers a superior blend of benefits from a battery electric system coupled with a hydrogen fuel engine to augment its range limitation.”