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Daimler Truck and Shell target accelerated rollout of hydrogen-based trucking in Europe; refueling infrastructure and rollout of fuel-cell vehicles

Daimler Truck AG and Shell New Energies NL B.V. are partnering to drive the adoption of hydrogen-based fuel-cell trucks in Europe. The companies plan to support the decarbonization of road freight by building-out hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure and placing fuel-cell trucks in customers’ hands.


Shell intends initially to rollout a hydrogen-refueling network joining three green hydrogen production hubs at the Port of Rotterdam, Cologne and Hamburg. From 2024, Shell aims to launch heavy-duty refueling stations between the three locations and Daimler Truck aims to hand over the first heavy-duty hydrogen trucks to customers subsequently in 2025.

The plan aims to expand the hydrogen powered freight corridor continuously, which will cover 1200 kilometers by 2025, in order to deliver 150 hydrogen refueling stations and around 5,000 Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty fuel cell trucks by 2030.

Shell and Daimler Truck aim to deliver the optimal hydrogen infrastructure network by designing the network based on customer needs and usage patterns. The agreement also includes the joint aim to establish an open refueling standard defining the interaction and interface between the truck and the refueling station in order to realize customer friendly, cost efficient, reliable and safe hydrogen refuelling. Both companies invite other potential partners to join them in their efforts.

Shell and Daimler Truck are convinced that hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future. With this unparalleled collaboration between two major players of the industry, we are pioneers in tackling the question of what should come first: infrastructure or vehicles. The answer is that both have to go hand in hand and we are both excited by this important step.

—Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG

Both Daimler Truck and Shell are founding members of the recently launched H2Accelerate consortium and consider the group a key vehicle to support the rollout of hydrogen-powered transport in Europe. Daimler Truck and Shell remain fully committed to working with the consortium and aim to work through H2Accelerate to enable their rollout plans in the coming decade.



We will presumably get the usual collection of demi gods posting who know from first principles what all the answers are, and can rule out the solutions to heavy trucking the industry experts are arriving at, as they have perfect foreknowledge of the costs and performance figures of future batteries able to do the whole job.

I am a firm believer in not committing prematurely to the ONE solution, but to be guided by what is practical at any particular time.

If way better batteries come along, grand, but you do what you can at the time and don't count on your dreams.

A zero pollution solution seems pretty good to me, and electrolysers and hydrogen can give that.

Laszlo Gyenes

Long-haul battery electric trucks should not be dismissed. The European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association refuelling infrastructure requirement for European hydrogen powered trucks are 1000 stations in 2030, 200 kms apart with daily capacity of 6 tonnes of hydrogen, 2 bay per station. I converted the requirement to equivalent battery exchanges for the same size trucks; battery powered truck is 3 times as efficient as fuel cell truck so that converts to 120 exchanges of 500 kWh packs (recharge time for each pack is 2 hours). I converted the requirement to equivalent battery exchanges for the same size trucks; battery powered truck is 3 times as efficient as fuel cell truck so it converts to 120 exchanges of 500 kWh packs (recharge time for each pack is 2 hours, station power demand around 5 MW, a stock of 20 battery packs are on constant charge).
Swap and go: electric trucks to run between Sydney and Brisbane using exchangeable batteries | Transport | The Guardian


Yep, there are loads of more or less dodgy efficiency claims for batteries, which have some foundation as they are certainly more efficient if the power is there when required, which is fine if you want to run them on fossil fuels.

Not so if you want to run them on low carbon sources and don't fancy nuclear.

That is 'why hydrogen' and why the big trucking companies are all looking to it for long distance heavy load transport.

Maybe they are all wrong.

If you have costed figures to show that, including battery costs and life cycle, and the excess weight reducing productive load of a long distance battery solution, I am sure they would love to buy from you.

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