Daimler Truck receives road approval for hydrogen trucks

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Daimler Truck receives road approval for hydrogen trucks-hydrogen

According to its own statement, Daimler Truck pursues “consistently his technologies strategy at the electrification” of the truck fleet. And has now completed the next intermediate step: In October, the advanced prototype of the hydrogen-based fuel cell truck Mercedes-Benz Genh2 truck received a street approval of the relevant German authorities for the first time.

The truck manufacturer had already started in April thus to test the further developed prototype of his 2020 presented Mercedes-Benz Genh2 Truck on closed test trails of the company. There, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell truck, which is designed in the series variant for reaches of up to 1000 kilometers and more without tank intermediate stop, have already completed several thousand test kilometers.

Now his testing is expanded on public roads. Among other things, on the B462 near Rastatt, where, as part of the eWayBW project, the transport of goods is to be electrified with the operation of overhead line trucks. Comparative tests of the purely battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros with the overhead line trucks or. hydrogen trucks from other vehicle manufacturers. However, Daimler Truck itself is not planning any overhead line trucks, as the company reports.

Truck dual strategy with batteries and fuel cell

With the road approval of the GenH2 truck, Daimler Truck has taken another step on the way to series production – the truck manufacturer wants to hand over the first series vehicles to customers from 2027 and also has the ambition to only do this in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039 To offer new vehicles that are CO2-neutral when driving (“tank-to-wheel”).

To this end, the truck manufacturer is focusing on the electrification of its vehicles and is pursuing a dual strategy of using battery-electric drives or those based on hydrogen. With this technology combination, Daimler Truck wants to be able to offer its customers the best vehicle options depending on the application: the lighter the charge and the shorter the distance, the sooner the battery will be used. The heavier the load and the longer the distance, the more likely it is that the fuel cell will be the method of choice.

Sources: Daimler – press release of 25.10.2021

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2 thoughts on “Daimler Truck receives road approval for hydrogen trucks”

  1. With the road approval of the GenH2 truck, Daimler Truck has taken another step on the way to series production – the truck manufacturer wants to hand over the first series vehicles to customers from 2027..

    Another 6 years to wait until customers can buy a GenH2 truck – if someone else wants it.

    I suspect that it is mainly due to the price of the FC system and less to the tanks for the deep-frozen liquid hydrogen. Daimler is probably still waiting for strong price reductions in the BZ.

    The manufacturers of battery-electric trucks will therefore have a large price advantage for many years to come.

    Even Tesla isn’t too late with its semi truck, as long as H2 trucks are either expensive or their manufacturers have to lease them out at a loss in order to keep them in the news with press releases.

  2. The discussion revolves around drives and the indispensability of truck fleets. There are many small adjustments that could be dismissed as peanuts, but taken together can make some transports obsolete. Examples:
    Take back bottled mineral water, empties or disposable chaff? The truck drives through the landscape as pure packaging without content. Solution: Bubbling drinking water out of the tap yourself and only the carbon dioxide cylinder after approx. Exchange 60 liters.
    Cloth bag: Can be used for years, no petroleum consumption for and delivery of plastic bags.
    Logistics: 40-50% of all truck movements are still empty runs because companies do not consider transport cooperation to be sensible.
    As many value-added stages as possible close to the market instead of global supply chains. Because the connecting screws for a device or car can also be mass-produced fully automatically here, while the rising transport costs halfway around the world are eating up the Chinese price advantage more and more. Another example: lupine and pea meal from domestic agriculture is now considered to be at least as concentrated feed as imported soy and could substitute it, thereby reducing transport by ship and truck.
    advertising no thanks! Do you also get annoyed by the amount of paper waste in your mailboxes that just goes into the bin unread??
    Should be enough for now with examples where superfluous transports are generated and yet are avoidable.


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