DB Schenker, a leading logistics provider in Europe, has taken a step forward in green mobility by testing a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for heavy equipment. The company is leasing a 40-tonne trailer tractor, manufactured by Hyzon and rented through hylane, which runs on hydrogen fuel cell technology. This is a milestone for Germany, as it is the first fuel cell-powered trailer tractor in its weight class to be approved for daily operation.
Cyrille Bonjean, Head of Land Transport at DB Schenker Europe, highlights the importance of collaborating with innovative companies in green mobility. The partnership with Hyzon and hylane allows DB Schenker to use cutting-edge technology to reduce its carbon footprint.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is an exciting prospect for green mobility. The climate impact of green hydrogen is very low, making it a highly sustainable option. Liquid energy carriers like hydrogen provide excellent flexibility, and the refueling process is quick, taking only 15 minutes. The well-developed hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Cologne, Germany makes it an ideal location for testing this technology.
Hanna Melander, Head of Sustainability at DB Schenker Sweden, says hydrogen-powered vehicles are the future of green mobility. She believes that the day Sweden sees a hydrogen-powered vehicle will be incredibly exciting. However, the high demand for green hydrogen from industry and its high price remains a challenge.