Hyzon Motors delivered first hydrogen-powered milk truck in the Netherlands, for the benefit of FrieslandCampina, a primary cooperative that has recently promoted an ambitious program. The ‘Nourishing a better planet’ initiative aims to decarbonize the entire fleet by favouring the transition to zero-emissions vehicles.
Talking about the truck, it is a 55-ton HyMax 450 Puller built on a Class-8 DAF truck chassis, expected to have up to 520-kilometer range with motor power up to 550 kilowatt capacity. Transport Groep Noord, the carrier providing transport for the cooperative, plans to operate the truck on specific routes in the North of the Netherlands, where the first hydrogen-powered milk delivery took place last week in a Hyzon truck.
Hyzon Motor’s milk truck headed to the Netherlands
«FrieslandCampina’s commitment to decarbonizing their operations can serve as a model for transitioning commercial transport to hydrogen-powered vehicles», said Hyzon CEO Craig Knight (here our interview, not long ago). «Its existing successes demonstrate that reducing emissions is possible in the short-term. Deploying Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks to a global company like FrieslandCampina provides another tangible example that companies can make a real impact in reducing fleet emissions right now».
FrieslandCampina and the collaborations with Hyzon
With branches in 38 and brands in over 100 countries, as well as over 20,000 employees, FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world.
«Over five years ago, FrieslandCampina started using liquid natural gas as a cleaner fuel and we successfully stimulated filling stations all over the Netherlands to supply this type of fuel. Now we try to do the same with hydrogen, in close cooperation with Hyzon and Transport Groep Noord. Transport is and will remain important to further increasing sustainability at FrieslandCampina», said Hans Wieleman, FrieslandCampina’s Milk Logistics Manager.
Towards 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Europe
Hyzon Motors has recently joined the HyTrucks program. One of the main targets of such consortium is to bring 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Europe, as well as establishing 25 new hydrogen refueling stations by 2025.
According to the manufacturer, hydrogen-powered trucks can carry 2-5 tons more than battery electric trucks due to lower weight of hydrogen fuel systems.