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Primary transport company DB Schenker seems to believe in the potential of hydrogen. The German player (here’s the agreement with Volta Trucks as for distribution e-trucks) announced the order of its very first fuel cell truck through rental startup hylane, which specializes in providing comprehensive hydrogen solutions in the logistics sector. The truck is a Hyzon tractor with a maximum weight of 27 tons and range between 400 and 500 km. The vehicle will be handed over by hylane to DB Schenker by the end of 2022.

DB Schenker: a path towards the use of hydrogen trucks

DB Schenker plans to start field tests on a few lanes with selected customers in the beginning of 2023. It also intends to upscale and commercialize operations beginning in Q3 2023, whereby the progress made here will depend on factors such as hydrogen infrastructure and market acceptance. DB Schenker, together with its carriers, aims to be carbon-neutral by 2040.

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Statements from DB Schenker and hylane

“I’m grateful to see the progress we are now making towards testing a hydrogen powered vehicle for linehaul transportation, which will be an important step on our journey towards carbon-neutral road transportation”, commented Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of DB Schenker Europe.

“We are proud to support DB Schenker’s pioneering work with our trucks”, added Sara Schiffer, Managing Director of hylane. “The partnership with DB Schenker demonstrates that hylane meets the high standards leading companies require for sustainable transport. Together, we will continue to work on advancing the use of hydrogen trucks in Europe”. DEVK/hylane and DB Schenker started their collaboration almost two years ago.

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