The announcement by Toyota Motor Europe, that it has joined forces with the Dutch VDL Groep to break into the market for heavy-duty hydrogen trucks using Toyota’s fuel cell technology, is an interesting one.
It comes almost alongside the declaration by Quantron and Ford Trucks of a letter of intent to produce hydrogen fuel cell trucks based on a Ford F-Max. When players like these get more active in hydrogen ventures, it can only speed the process of the decarbonisation of the road logistics sector.
It is said that the lower weight of hydrogen systems could allow heavier operational payloads, while its rapid refuelling time offers the potential for hydrogen trucks to be refilled just as quickly as diesel vehicles.
It all makes for exciting and challenging times for operators. Dawsongroup is committed to continuing to help and support operators on their journey to net zero by investing in emerging technology vehicles. By taking on this investment, we allow the operators we work with a chance to find out for themselves just what might be involved going forward without risking their own capital.
We offer this flexible solution through our Smarter Asset Strategy, which provides our customers with risk-free, cost-effective contract hire, leasing and rental options.
Insights about these hydrogen ventures have been provided by John Fletcher, Managing Director of Dawsongroup truck and trailer.
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