Daimler Truck and BP to Partner on UK Hydrogen Infrastructure

Support for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles – particularly in the heavy vehicle sector – continues apace overseas, with energy giant bp and Daimler Truck AG announcing they are to work together to help accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK. The companies say they intend to pilot both the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks.

Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), bp will assess the feasibility of designing, constructing, operating and supplying a network of up to 25 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK by 2030. These stations would be supplied by bp with ‘green’ hydrogen – generated from water using renewable power.

Daimler Truck says it expects to deliver hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks to its UK customers from 2025. Currently, Daimler Truck is also testing a new enhanced prototype of its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on public roads in Germany. The first series-produced GenH2 Trucks are expected to be handed over to customers starting in 2027.

Daimler Truck says it has a preference for liquid hydrogen, which allows for smaller, lighter tanks, giving the trucks more cargo space and a higher payload. At the same time, more hydrogen can be carried, which significantly increases the trucks’ range. This, the company says, will make the series version of the GenH2 Truck, like conventional diesel trucks, suitable for multi-day, difficult-to-plan long-haul transport.

“We are consistently pursuing our vision of CO2-neutral transport,” said Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Member of the Board of Management at Daimler Truck. “Especially for CO2-neutral long-haul road transportation, the hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive will become indispensable in the future.”

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2021) 

25 November 2021

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