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Forbes- Hauling With Hydrogen: DHL Adding Fuel-Cell Vans To Its Delivery Fleet

May 29, 2019 by Alan Ohnsman

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but vehicles powered by the clean fuel are somewhat scarce. In the latest sign that that’s changing, DHL is adding hydrogen fuel-cell vans to its fleet to cut carbon emissions with faster refueling time and longer-range than battery-electric vehicles offer.

The delivery giant will initially deploy 100 of the “H2 Panel Vans” in Germany starting in 2020, DHL said in a statement. If they perform as hoped, it may expand the fleet, built by truck maker StreetScooter using fuel-cell systems from Plug Power, to 500 vans. They’re the first 4.25-ton commercial fuel-cell vehicles with a range of up to 500 kilometers (312.5 miles) per tank, DHL said.

With the program, “DHL Express becomes the first express provider to use a large number of electric vehicles with fuel cells for last-mile logistics,” said Markus Reckling, CEO of DHL Express Germany. “This underscores our aspiration to be not only the fastest and most reliable provider on the market but also the most climate-friendly.”

DHL’s decision comes after startup truck maker Nikola Motor unveiled an elaborate vision for fuel-cell semitrucks and an extensive network of hydrogen fuel stations to power them. It has raised an initial $300 million to get going and is conducting a $1.5 billion funding round to build its first factory near Phoenix and initial fuel stations. Beermaker Anheuser-Busch is the first major customer and is awaiting delivery of 800 of Nikola’s futuristic rigs. Toyota, which has sold hydrogen fuel-cell Mirai sedans for years, has a handful of fuel-cell semitrucks at the Port of Los Angeles and is adding at least ten more in a partnership with Kenworth... more:

Just another day in the Hydrogen Revolution

Related: from | 29 May 2019

U.S., Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and European Commission Launch New Hydrogen Initiative Under The Clean Energy Ministerial

VANCOUVER, B.C. – At the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting today, a new international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) would be coordinating efforts under this initiative. For the first time under the Clean Energy Ministerial this effort will put the spotlight on the role that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can play in the global clean energy transition.

The new Hydrogen initiative will drive international collaboration on policies, programs and projects to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across all sectors of the economy... more:

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Thu May 30, 2019, 08:53 PM

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