Daimler Truck Builds First Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck Buyer-Trial Fleet


Daimler Truck is getting into the following growth section on the highway to decarbonize transportation with hydrogen-powered vans. After a rigorous testing section on the take a look at observe and on public roads, the fuel-cell vans have now reached a complicated growth stage for deployment in first buyer fleets.

Consequently, Daimler Truck is now taking the following step by constructing a primary customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Vehicles. Anticipated from mid-2024, the businesses Amazon, Air Merchandise, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will participate in first buyer trials to realize preliminary expertise in CO2-free long-distance transport with fuel-cell vans.

The 5 semi-trailer tractors will probably be deployed in numerous long-haul functions on particular routes in Germany, such because the transport of constructing supplies, sea containers or cylinder gases. Throughout these first buyer trials the GenH2 Vehicles stay beneath the direct supervision and accountability of Mercedes-Benz Vehicles. The autos will probably be refueled at designated public liquid hydrogen filling stations (sLH2) in Wörth am Rhein and within the Duisburg space. Daimler Truck and its associate firms are thus making a lighthouse challenge and demonstrating that decarbonized transport with hydrogen-powered vans is already doable right now. Nonetheless, for the transformation to succeed, it will likely be mandatory within the coming years to make sure the build-up of a global refueling infrastructure and a ample provide of inexperienced liquid hydrogen.

Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Administration of Daimler Truck AG, answerable for Truck Know-how: “With this primary buyer fleet, our fuel-cell vans are actually being examined in actual buyer operation. A win-win scenario for either side: our clients get to know fuel-cell expertise in every day real-life operation and our engineering crew will get to raised perceive buyer wants and related use circumstances, taking them under consideration for collection growth.”

Wiedmann & Winz based mostly in Geislingen an der Steige (Baden-Württemberg) will probably be one of many first firms to trial the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck. For the worldwide logistics service supplier DP World, the hydrogen-powered car will transport sea containers to and from industrial and industrial clients.

Managing Director Dr. Micha Lege sees a excessive deployment potential for the revolutionary truck, significantly on pan-European logistic routes: “Our firm has at all times been a frontrunner in terms of innovation. By FleetBoard, for instance, Wiedmann & Winz was one of many first firms to depend on telematics and digitalization within the logistics trade. We’ve additionally just lately began deploying an eActros 300 as a tractor in on a regular basis haulage operations. Now we’re wanting ahead to taking the following step with the GenH2 Truck, testing a long-haul truck with hydrogen fuel-cell drive.”

John H. Landwehr, whose logistics firm Gerdes + Landwehr is a part of the Holcim Group, intends to move granulates and minerals for the constructing materials trade with the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck. He provides: “Payload has at all times performed an vital function in our bulk logistics in terms of CO2-footprint and effectivity. After intensive exams with battery-electric vans, we’re delighted to proceed exploring the trail in the direction of sustainable transport with a hydrogen-powered truck. Solely with our personal particular expertise can we make the precise selections for the change that begins in 2025 in our enterprise group.”

Caroline Stancell, Normal Supervisor Hydrogen for Mobility, Europe and Africa, Air Merchandise, explains: “Air Merchandise is planning to transform its total world fleet to hydrogen-powered autos and is proud to be concerned on this lighthouse challenge with Daimler Truck, a frontrunner in heavy-duty transportation and decarbonization. The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck will probably be deployed in our present fleet to move cylinder gases permitting us to realize useful expertise within the area of business gasoline transport. We’re additionally proud to be offering Daimler Truck with a number of the mandatory refueling infrastructure and hydrogen as a part of the trials. Our newest cell fueling station for liquid hydrogen will probably be used for the challenge within the Duisburg space and may subsequently function beneath actual situations.”

INEOS and VERVAEKE intend to make use of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck to move Dry Bulk PVC: “We’re delighted to assist these fuel-cell buyer trials. Hydrogen is a game-changing supply of power which is able to remodel truck expertise and assist us attain a web zero future. As each a consumer and producer of hydrogen, INEOS is in a novel place to assist this transition. Together with our transport associate VERVAEKE we’re excited to assist Daimler Truck AG”, says Wouter Bleukx, Enterprise Director Hydrogen at INEOS Inovyn. Frédéric Derumeaux, CEO of VERVAEKE, provides: “I’m thrilled with this challenge which inserts completely in our technique to drastically scale back CO2-emissions. Powering heavy vans on liquid hydrogen is a revolutionary and important step ahead. As a number one transport firm, we play an vital function and this distinctive cooperation with INEOS and DAIMLER TRUCK AG, helps us show actual emission free logistics.”

Andreas Marschner, Vice President, Amazon Transportation Providers: “Amazon is constantly working in the direction of turning into carbon impartial by 2040. The decarbonization of our transport community performs a vital function in attaining this milestone. All logistics stakeholders – from producers to power firms and operators – should subsequently proceed to speculate, experiment and innovate. We stay up for taking part on this pilot challenge and studying from it.”

Daimler Truck prefers liquid hydrogen within the growth of hydrogen-based drives. On this combination state the power service not solely has a considerably larger power density, however transport prices can be considerably decreased. Because of this, extra hydrogen might be carried, which considerably will increase the vary and allows comparable efficiency of the car with that of a standard diesel truck. Liquid hydrogen tanks additionally supply benefits when it comes to value and weight. Due to this fact, using liquid hydrogen allows the next payload.

For the primary time, a brand new refueling course of for liquid hydrogen will probably be used within the customer-trial fleet: the so-called “sLH2 expertise” (sLH2 = “subcooled” liquid hydrogen). The expertise was developed collectively with Linde and is freely obtainable to all firms by way of an ISO normal. The revolutionary strategy allows, amongst different issues, an excellent larger storage density in comparison with LH2 and simpler refueling inside 10–quarter-hour. The businesses are planning the primary refueling of a fuel-cell truck at a pilot station in Wörth am Rhein for the start of 2024.

Daimler Truck and its companions are planning for a excessive stage of transparency and openness across the related interfaces of the collectively developed sLH2 expertise. The purpose is to collaborate with different firms and associations the place doable to develop their very own refueling and car applied sciences that apply the brand new liquid-hydrogen normal and thereby set up a world mass marketplace for the brand new refueling course of.

The event engineers of Daimler Truck have based mostly the GenH2 Truck on the traits of the traditional Mercedes-Benz Actros long-haul truck when it comes to payload, vary and efficiency. The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Vehicles, that are utilized in these first buyer trials supply a payload of approx. 25 tons at a gross mixture weight (GCW) of 40 tons. Two particular liquid hydrogen tanks and a very highly effective cellcentric fuel-cell system allow this excessive payload and lengthy vary. They characterize the centerpiece of the GenH2 Truck. The 2 stainless-steel liquid-hydrogen tanks of the GenH2 Truck have a very excessive storage capability of 88 kilograms (44 kg every) which make them effectively suited to overlaying lengthy distances. The stainless steel tank system consists of two tubes, one inside the different, which might be related to one another, and vacuum insulated.

The fuel-cell system of the GenH2 Truck delivers 300 kilowatts (2 x150 kW) and the battery supplies a further 400 kW quickly. At 70 kWh, the storage capability of the battery is comparatively low, as it isn’t supposed to satisfy power wants, however primarily to be switched on to supply situational energy assist for the gasoline cell, for instance throughout peak masses whereas accelerating or whereas driving uphill totally loaded. On the identical time, the comparatively mild battery permits the next payload. It’s recharged with braking power and extra fuel-cell power. A core ingredient of the subtle working technique of the fuel-cell and battery system is a cooling and heating system that retains all parts at an acceptable working temperature, thus guaranteeing most sturdiness. In a pre-series model, the 2 electrical motors are designed for a complete of two x 230 kW steady energy and a couple of x 330 kW most energy.

Only recently in September 2023, Daimler Truck efficiently demonstrated that hydrogen fuel-cell expertise might be the precise resolution to decarbonize versatile and demanding long-haul highway transportation. A public highway authorised prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck accomplished Daimler Truck’s #HydrogenRecordRun overlaying 1,047 km of distance pushed with one fill of liquid hydrogen. The corporate goals to introduce the collection model of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck within the second half of the last decade.

As one of many world’s largest industrial car producers, Daimler Truck has dedicated itself to the Paris Local weather Settlement. The target is to supply new autos which might be CO2-neutral in driving operation in our world core markets (Europe, USA, Japan) by 2039. Battery-electric vans are the best selection for distribution haulage and within the case of the eActros 600, for long-distance haulage with common deployment on plannable routes with appropriate distances and charging choices. Nonetheless, fuel-cell vans could possibly be a greater resolution particularly for very versatile and significantly demanding deployments in heavy-duty transport and long-distance haulage. As well as, the provision of acceptable infrastructure and ample inexperienced electrical energy are essential for a profitable transition to CO2-free applied sciences. Daimler Truck is satisfied that fast and cost-improved protection of this power demand can solely be achieved with each applied sciences.


Blagojce Krivevski


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