Everfuel and Asko have signed a letter of Intent (LoI) to apply for Enova funding to support vehicle procurement and the establishment of green hydrogen infrastructure for long-haul trucking in Norway.
Under the LoI, Everfuel and Asko will provide mutual support for each other’s applications for public grants supporting truck procurement and development of H2stations, including potential for hydrogen production.
Everfuel is expanding its European production, distribution and network of hydrogen fueling stations. The Oslo-Trondheim corridor is a potential pilot for a full-scale hydrogen infrastructure enabling efficient zero-emission transport of goods. Asko has been testing hydrogen as a fuel in Trondheim in partnership with Scania since 2019 and will apply its experience when developing infrastructure for the Oslo-Trondheim corridor.
Asko is the largest grocery and catering wholesaler in Norway, with central and regional warehouses and logistics operations. It is also a cargo transporter, operating a fleet of about 700 large and medium-sized owned and leased trucks. The company plans to become zero-emission by 2026.
Everfuel will invite other transport companies to join the planned infrastructure rollout to support hydrogen-based heavy goods transport. It will also facilitate the refuelling of light vehicles such as taxi fleets, cargo vans and service vehicles.
Jacob Krogsgaard, the CEO of Everfuel, said, “Strong partnerships with leading logistics companies such as Asko is a key element of executing our strategy and ensuring coordinated progress towards a green transport system in Norway and across Europe.”
Svein Sollie, Head of Transport at Asko, said, “For Asko to procure hydrogen trucks, we need them to be delivered to our specifications.”
In a separate development, Everfuel plans to set up an additional fueling station in Aarhus, Denmark. It has purchased a fueling station from Nel to be installed in Aarhus to serve a growing fleet of fuel cell taxis in the city. The H2Station®will be installed in 2022 and will be used as a prototype for a movable station solution to serve light-duty vehicles like cars and vans and as a demo for fueling heavy-duty vehicles like busses and trucks.