DHL Express will pilot its first hydrogen truck throughout its Deutsche Post DHL Group as it aims to transition away from fossil fuel reliance and decarbonise its operations with Apple to be the first to test the new solution.
Together with its customer Apple, pilot hydrogen vehicles will be used between Breda, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Interreg NW Europe programme H2-Share.
The programme’s goal is to facilitate the development of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on hydrogen for logistic applications and gain practical experience in different regions.
It creates a transnational living lab and basis for development of the zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry.
The truck, operated by Dutch Nassau Sneltransport, covers a daily distance of around 200 km, running the cross-border route between the Netherlands and Belgium.
The truck refuels on a daily basis in Breda at a mobile fuel station from Wystrach as part of the project. It transports deliveries of DHL Express’ customer Apple.
During the piloting phase, up to 350 tonnes of CO2 can be saved with the new technology.
Alberto Nobis, CEO of DHL Express Europe, said, “In a globalised world, sustainable and clean fuels are essential for climate-neutral logistics. Not only for sea and air freight but also line-haul road freight, as these help reduce CO2 emissions.
“That’s why we engage not only in the electrification of our fleet but also invest in the development of alternative drive systems for very long ranges. The project shows that we can achieve truly emission-free logistics in Europe if we join forces and build on experience.”