Daimler’s liquid hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks are set to be used by Amazon, Air Products, INEOS and more as the German OEM enters its first customer fleet trials.

Following track and public road testing, the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 trucks, from mid-2024, will be used by a range of fleet operators to showcase Daimler’s CO2-free long-distance transport solution.

Five semi-trailer trucks, will be deployed in different long-haul applications on German routes, transporting building material, sea containers, gas cylinders and more. Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will also take part in the customer fleet trials.

The vehicles will be refuelled at designated public liquid hydrogen refuelling stations in Wöth am Rhein and in the Duisburg area.

Offering a pay load of around 25 tonnes at gross combination weight (GCW) of 40 tonnes, the GenH2 truck has two 44kg liquid hydrogen tanks to fuel two 145kW fuel cells.

In September (2023), Daimler made a 1,047km run on one fill of liquid hydrogen. In the second half of the decade, the company hopes to enter series production of the vehicle.

Through the trials, Daimler and the partner companies are hoping to create a “lighthouse project” by demonstrating that decarbonising transport with hydrogen-powered trucks is “possible today.”

The GenH2 Trucks will remain under the “direct supervision and responsibility” of Mercedes-Benz Trucks for the trials.

Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck, said the trials would be a “win-win situation” for both Daimler and the partners.

“Our customers get to know fuel cell technology in daily real-life operation and our engineering team gets to better understand customer needs and relevant use cases, taking them into account for series development,” he added.

Caroline Stancell, General Manager Hydrogen for Mobility, Europe and Africa at Air Products, said, “The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck will be deployed in our existing fleet to transport cylinder gases allowing us to gain valuable experience in the field of industrial gas transport.”

The industrial gas major’s mobile liquid hydrogen refuelling station will be used for the trial in the Duisburg region.

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