BP and Daimler Truck AG today (27th October) announced plans to accelerate developing hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks in the UK.
Under the MoU, BP will assess the feasibility of designing, constructing, operating and supplying a network of up to 25 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK by 2030. BP will also be responsible for providing green hydrogen to these stations. Daimler Truck will aim to supply hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks to its UK customers from 2025.
Daimler Truck goal is to offer only CO2-neutral vehicles in Europe, North America and Japan by 2039. It focussed on CO2-neutral technologies, battery power and hydrogen-based fuel cells.
Daimler is currently testing a new enhanced prototype of its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on public roads in Germany, which are expected to be commercialised in 2027. Daimler Truck prefers liquid hydrogen, making the GenH2 Truck, like conventional diesel trucks, suitable for multi-day, difficult-to-plan long-haul transport and where the daily energy output is high.
BP aims to develop a leading market position producing and supplying low carbon hydrogen. In the UK, bp has plans to build a hydrogen-producing facility in Teesside, UK and explore the potential for green hydrogen in the region.
Emma Delaney, Executive VP at BP, said, “From producing and supplying hydrogen through to building and operating the fuelling stations, bp is perfectly positioned to transform transport and ultimately build a better energy future.”
Karin Radstrom, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, added, “We want to jointly develop and scale the required hydrogen infrastructure by putting our hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks into our customers’ hand and thus supporting the decarbonisation of the UK freight network.”