Daimler & TotalEnergies: Hydrogen infrastructure for truck traffic

Daimler & TotalEnergies: Hydrogen infrastructure for truck traffic-infrastructure

A few days ago, Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies signed an agreement to work together to decarbonize road freight transport in the European Union. The partners plan to work together to develop a hydrogen infrastructure for heavy-duty trucks, thereby demonstrating the attractiveness and effectiveness of CO2-neutral hydrogen-based road freight transport. The partners intend to play a leading role in introducing this technology.

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. According to a recent announcement, 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 deliver hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks to its customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France by 2025. The truck manufacturer wants to support its customers in ensuring simple and competitive vehicle operation.

“We are fully committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and want to actively contribute to the decarbonisation of road transport in the European Union. In addition to purely battery-electric trucks, we also see hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks as CO2-neutral solutions for long-distance transport,” says Karin R├ądstrOm, responsible for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand and member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG. “To do this, we want to build a hydrogen infrastructure in Europe together with strong partners such as TotalEnergies, and I am firmly convinced that this will be essential for the establishment of fuel cell trucks in the transport industry.”

In order to further develop the corresponding projects and to establish hydrogen in road freight transport, both companies also want to investigate the possibilities of reducing the total operating costs of a hydrogen truck. To this end, the two partners also want to cooperate with the authorities that regulate the relevant legal framework within the European Union. Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies are also members of the H2Accelerate consortium. The two companies remain fully committed to working with the consortium supporting the roll-out of hydrogen-powered transport in Europe over the coming decade.

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2 thoughts on “Daimler & TotalEnergies: Hydrogen infrastructure for truck traffic”

  1. Oh, how practical… the transport sector just makes itself green and clean. But there is no question of the production of hydrogen, which can then be produced dirty, which is devastating in the overall balance and by no means clean.
    This only works if it is MANDATORY to use green hydrogen – and we are still 1-2 decades away from that, as it looks at the moment.

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  2. I don’t think this strategy will ever work. Hydrogen trucks will remain a niche. The transport business is very price-sensitive and the H2 technology is basically far too expensive. Little will change about that. Unless H2 would be massively subsidized by the state with our tax money. That in turn can not be twice the sense. First, H2 is not infinite with green electricity craftable. Second, tax dollars should not be used to ride dead horses. The whole thing is just an attempt to have H2 infrastructure financed by the taxpayer via the back door of trucks. That the lucrative business model of fossil fuels and expensive workshop visits may continue. At the end of the day, the taxpayer dairy cow also produces its green electricity for its electric vehicle itself. And thumbs its nose at the car lobby when it rushes past all the factory representatives in a relaxed manner! Well, dear oil and car lobbyists. Keep dreaming your water dreams.

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