Daimler Truck and BP have signed an agreement to jointly drive forward hydrogen infrastructure development and the introduction of fuel cell trucks in the UK.
The MoU states that BP could build and operate up to 25 refuelling stations for hydrogen in the UK by 2030. BP would supply these stations with ‘green’ hydrogen generated from water using renewable power, so the agreement.
Daimler Truck, in turn, said it expects to deliver hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks to its UK customers from 2025 without stating any sales targets.
For BP, the agreement is among the first steps towards deploying hydrogen for transport. The petrochemical company also said it intends to develop hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe and that it already has plans for hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany.
Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Member of the Board of Management at Daimler Truck, said the hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive would become “indispensable” in the future when looking at long-haul road transport. She also called for political support playing an “important role in promoting the creation of an infrastructure for green hydrogen and making an economically viable use of fuel-cell trucks possible for our customers”.
Daimler Truck intends to offer only CO2-neutral vehicles in driving operation (“from tank to wheel”) in Europe, North America and Japan by 2039.
In terms of fuel cell electric trucks, Daimler is testing a prototype of its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on public roads in Germany at the moment and expects the first series GenH2 Trucks to reach customers starting in 2027.