Gebrüder Weiss keen on more hydrogen trucks after Hyundai pilot
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Gebrüder Weiss has given the thumbs up to its Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck, and says it plans to use more hydrogen trucks in the future.
The road transport company has been using the Hyundai hydrogen-powered truck for over a year now, its experience of which has largely been positive.
The XCIENT Fuel Cell has been stationed in Altenrhein, Switzerland, and is used on a daily basis for short-distance general cargo transports. According to Gebrüder Weiss, the lorry has proven itself in all seasons so far. The company adds that the truck’s electric motor has retained full performance even on steep slopes.
The truck has covered around 70,000 kilometres and is estimated to save the company around 80 tons of CO2 emissions per year. So far it has only been to the workshop once, for a routine technical inspection.
“The purchase was a worthwhile investment in resource-saving road freight transport. The truck is well received by the drivers and, above all, by the customers,” says Peter Waldenberger, Head of Quality and Environmental Management at Gebrüder Weiss.
Gebrüder Weiss plans to use hydrogen trucks in Austria and southern Germany as well in the future, since subsidy programs in Germany make their use north of the Alps attractive. However, the road transport firm adds that the availability of hydrogen filling stations is a “limiting factor” with regards to this expansion.