Hyzon Motors has delivered its first 55-ton milk truck to Transport Groep Noord, a carrier that transports Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a worldwide dairy corporation.
Hyzon’s 55-ton HyMax 450 Puller, which is constructed on a Class-8 DAF truck chassis, is planned to have a range of up to 520 kilometers and a motor output of up to 550 kilowatts. The vehicle will be operated by Transport Groep Noord on certain routes in the Netherlands’ north, where the first hydrogen-powered milk delivery was made last week in a Hyzon truck.
Transport Groep Noord, which operates 25 trucks for FrieslandCampina, is the industry leader in decarbonization. This directive establishes the groundwork for FrieslandCampina’s transition to zero-emission cars throughout its entire fleet.
FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives, with branches in 38 countries and brands in over 100, as well as over 20,000 employees. FrieslandCampina’s sustainability initiative, ‘Nourishing a Better Planet,’ sets a number of lofty goals, including CO2-neutral production by 2050. In the year 2030, the dairy industry hopes to have decreased greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third as a first step. Its operational influence might be enormous due to its extensive reach and network of partners.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles offer an appealing zero-emissions alternative for applications where payload is crucial, such as milk, beverage, and water transport. Due to the lighter weight of hydrogen fuel systems, hydrogen-powered trucks can transport 2-5 tons more than battery-electric trucks; also, Hyzon tops the industry in fuel cell power density, giving it a substantial edge over both fuel cell and battery-electric competitors.
“Over five years ago, FrieslandCampina started using liquid natural gas as a cleaner fuel and we successfully stimulated filling stations all over the Netherlands to supply this type of fuel,” said Hans Wieleman, FrieslandCampina’s Milk Logistics Manager. “Now we try to do the same with hydrogen, in close cooperation with Hyzon and Transport Groep Noord. Transport is and will remain important to further increasing sustainability at FrieslandCampina.”
“FrieslandCampina’s commitment to decarbonizing their operations can serve as a model for transitioning commercial transport to hydrogen-powered vehicles,” said Hyzon CEO Craig Knight. “Its existing successes demonstrate that reducing emissions is possible in the short-term. Deploying Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks to a global company like FrieslandCampina provides another tangible example that companies can make a real impact in reducing fleet emissions right now.”