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First large-scale deployment of 14 fuel cell trucks in the UK announced for the Tees Valley

German clean tech company Quantron AG is working with UK-based Novuna Vehicle Solutions to deploy 14 fuel cell electric trucks in the Tees Valley region by the mid-2020s, supported by a hydrogen refuelling station. The plans are part of the £7 million Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub project.

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Clean Tech Company Quantron AG, a German specialist in sustainable passenger and freight transportation, will take part in a project that will see fleets of hydrogen fuel cell trucks deployed in the Tees Valley region for the first time in the mid-2020s. 

The project involves at least 20 fuel cell trucks and the development of a strategically located hydrogen refuelling station. It is the first large-scale deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in the UK. 

Working in collaboration with UK-based Novuna Vehicle Solutions, a provider of vehicle leasing and fleet management services, Quantron AG will provide fuel cell vehicles together with fuel cell electric vehicle manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles. QUANTRON will contribute twelve QUANTRON QLI FCEV light-transporter in the 4-7t class as well as two QUANTRON QHM FCEV heavy trucks in the 19t class.

In addition, integrated liquid fuel storage and transportation service provider Exolum, will construct a strategically located hydrogen refuelling station in the Tees Valley, to ensure a seamless and sustainable fueling infrastructure. This station will produce green hydrogen through an advanced electrolysis process, providing a readily available and accessible refuelling solution for the deployed trucks and other vehicles.

The £7 million project, part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub, is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. Novuna Vehicle Solutions has been awarded over £2.1 million in funding as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem Consortium. The first-of-its-kind large-scale deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in the UK will serve as a beacon of progress, inspiring the development of more hydrogen refuelling stations across the strategic road network.

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative. Bringing our innovative QUANTRON INSIDE technology to the UK marks a significant step forward in our global strategy and we are delighted to do this in collaboration with our partner Novuna. These vehicles will be the very first RHD Fuel Cell trucks with the QUANTRON badge on the grill, they will be the first of their kind to open international RHD markets for us,” said CEO and Founder of Quantron AG Andreas Haller.