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Race for zero-emission: INEOS and Daimler test hydrogen lorries; Siemens unveils Megawatt charging system

In the race to develop the most promising zero-emission truck, two recent technological advancements are being tested in Europe: INEOS Inovyn partners with Daimler Truck AG to trial Europe's first fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 hydrogen lorries. At the same time, Siemens unveils a prototype Megawatt Charging System, capable of charging electric lorry batteries from 20 to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

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INEOS Inovyn, a European vinyl producer, has partnered with Daimler Truck AG to test the first fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 hydrogen-powered lorries in Europe.

These lorries, equipped with liquid hydrogen fuel tanks, boast a 25-tonne payload capacity and a range exceeding 1,000 kilometres. The trials, commencing mid-2024, will evaluate the performance of these vehicles in real-world conditions, with the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.

“INEOS Inovyn is committed to reducing our carbon footprint,” stated Wouter Bleukx, commenting on the initiative. “Hydrogen fuel-cell lorries can play a significant role in helping us achieve this.”

Siemens unveils megawatt charging system for electric trucks

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has successfully tested a prototype Megawatt Charging System (MCS) capable of delivering a 1MW charge to electric lorries. This breakthrough technology has the potential to revolutionise long-distance electric haulage by significantly reducing charging times.

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The prototype MCS, based on Siemens’ existing SICHARGE portfolio, can charge a typical electric lorry battery from 20 to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes. This rapid charging capability opens up new possibilities for sustainable long-distance transport.

“Especially in long-distance transport, electric lorries and coaches will need fast MCS during the legally prescribed driving time break,” explained Markus Mildner, CEO of eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “The successful test brings us a big step forward on the technology side and underlines our ambition to actively make transport more sustainable.”