DB Schenker has been long showing interests in fuel cell trucks. Back in June, 2022, the German logistics operator ordered the very first hydrogen-powered tractor, as we wrote here. Now, thanks to partner hylane, the 40-ton vehicle developed by Hyzon Motors is truly hitting the road, as confirmed by DB Schenker itself.

The first of (many?) fuel cell trucks to be used by DB Schenker

Currently, the fuel cell truck is being operated by DB Schenker’s Cologne branch in daily service between Cologne and Eupen (Belgium). The fuel cell vehicle range is around 400 km, while at the same time the maximum payload is higher than for 100% electrically powered trucks. Another major advantage of hydrogen technology in everyday use is the fast refueling process of around 15 minutes.

“The deployment of the first hydrogen-powered 40-ton vehicle in cross-border traffic between Germany and Belgium is a milestone achievement in the context of our long-term sustainability goals. It demonstrate that we are operating at the cutting edge of technology, and it is a good example of the importance of cooperating with innovative and high-performing green mobility companies”, commented Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport in Europe.

Sara Schiffer, Managing Director of leasing specialist hylane, added: “Putting the first hydrogen-powered semitrailer tractor into operation in Germany together with DB Schenker is an important success. We have been working towards this for a long time. By testing the vehicles, DB Schenker is taking on a pioneering role and together we are gaining important experience for a market that is set to grow in Germany”. DB Schenker is using the Hyzon truck in a pay-per-use model offered by hylane, a rental company specializing in CO2-neutral commercial vehicles.


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