DB Schenker and hylane launch first 40-ton HGV with hydrogen drive in Germany

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DB Schenker and hylane have made headlines by launching the first 40-ton HGV with hydrogen drive in Germany. The fuel cell lorry  is manufactured by Hyzon and is currently in daily operation between Cologne and Eupen, making DB Schenker the first logistics service provider in Germany to operate a fuel cell vehicle in the 40-ton class.

DB Schenker and hylane launch first 40-ton HGV with hydrogen drive in Germany
Photo credits @ DB Schenker

According to Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport in Europe, the use of the first hydrogen 40-tonner in cross-border traffic between Germany and Belgium is a significant success for DB Schenker in achieving their long-term sustainability goals.

He states that the partnership with Hyzon showcases their technological proficiency and highlights the importance of cooperating with innovative and high-performing green mobility companies.

DB Schenker believes the Cologne area to be ideal for the first hydrogen tractor in Germany, thanks to its well-developed tank infrastructure in this region.

Further hydrogen traction engines are also planned for future use.

The Hyzon tractor with fuel cell technology has the best prerequisites for reliable operation on the chosen route, according to DB Schenker’s experts.

With a range of around 400 kilometres and a higher maximum payload than purely electric trucks, the vehicle provides a refuelling process of around 15 minutes, making it an attractive proposition for regular usage.

Sara Schiffer, Managing Director of hylane, adds:

“Putting the first hydrogen semi-trailer HGV in Germany into operation together with DB Schenker is an important success. We have been working towards this for a long time. DB Schenker is playing a pioneering role in testing the vehicles. Together we are gaining important experience for a market ramp-up of hydrogen mobility in Germany.”

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