H2Haul trucks will facilitate the transportation of goods between BMW plants, which will be supported by two high-capacity hydrogen refuelling stations operated by TotalEnergies in Leipzig and Hormersdorf at the motorway A9 in Bavaria. The funding for these stations is being facilitated through the HyCET project in Germany and is backed by the German Ministry for Transport.
As a H2Haul member, TotalEnergies is committed to working alongside partners across the hydrogen value chain to help bring this ambitious project to fruition. With a target of 100 hydrogen refuelling stations for trucks to be established within the next 10 years, the project aligns closely with TotalEnergies’ strategy of decarbonizing the mobility sector and demonstrates the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability.
Antoine Tournand, Vice President of Hydrogen Mobility at TotalEnergies, emphasizes that the use of hydrogen as a fuel has significant environmental and practical benefits, particularly in long-haul road transport. “We are pleased to join H2Haul and work towards our common goal to decarbonize mobility. As pioneers in hydrogen mobility, we are convinced of the necessity to start building now a heavy-duty network that will benefit our customers and partners. To ensure that this energy, the vehicles, and the required infrastructure are in place as soon as possible, we must work together across the hydrogen value chain. H2Haul is the perfect project to deploy a common test field for operating the entire system in practice. It is part of our strategy to decarbonize mobility and another step towards our climate ambition to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050 together with society.” he said.
A total of 16 vehicles will be tested in real-world operations at sites in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The innovative hydrogen refuelling stations to be deployed will offer rapid, high-capacity fuelling and thus support the demonstration of how fuel cell trucks can operate as direct replacements for diesel vehicles, with the same driving range and load capacity but with zero emissions. For more information, visit www.h2haul.eu.
The project will run for five years from 2019, with a minimum of 2 years in operation for the 16 trucks. H2Haul has received funding from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership under grant agreement No 826236. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe, and Hydrogen Europe Research. For more information, please visit www.clean-hydrogen.europa.eu.