Truck manufacturer Daimler Truck and the energy group TotalEnergies have signed an agreement to work together on the development of a hydrogen infrastructure for heavy trucks in the European Union. The two Companies will initially focus on Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and France.
Daimler says that the cooperation includes the procurement of hydrogen, including the associated logistics, as well as the supply of hydrogen to filling stations, the development of hydrogen-based trucks and the establishment of a customer base. Daimler Truck also aims to supply fuel cell trucks to customers in the five named countries by 2025 as part of the cooperation.
For its part, Total is aiming to operate hydrogen filling stations in these same European countries and plans to see to it that 150 hydrogen filling stations are built in this transnational region by 2030.
Karin Rådström, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Member of the Board of Management at Daimler Truck, said:
“We are fully committed to the Paris Climate Agreement, and we want to actively contribute to the decarbonisation of road freight transport in the European Union.” She went on to explain: “Regarding the long-haul freight segment, we are convinced that CO2-neutral transportation will be enabled in the future by hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks as well as purely battery-powered trucks. In order to make this possible, we want to establish a pan-European hydrogen ecosystem together with strong partners such as TotalEnergies.”
Alexis Vovk, President Marketing & Services and Member of the Board of Total added:
“Hydrogen will have its role in TotalEnergies’ journey to decarbonise mobility, especially in European long-haul transportation.”
TotalEnergies already operates 24 H2 filling stations in Germany as part of the joint venture H2 Mobility.
Daimler Truck, for its part, has committed itself to offering only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in operation in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039. By 2022, the vehicle portfolio in the main sales regions is to include series-production vehicles with battery-electric drive.
Since the spring of this year, Daimler Truck has also included Shell as a third player among its hydrogen infrastructure partners. Their concrete project is to set up a network of filling stations between Rotterdam, Hamburg and the Rheinland refinery in Cologne-Godorf.
From 2024, H2 filling stations for heavy trucks are to be operated between these three locations. By 2030 there should be around 150 hydrogen filling stations.