Iveco (the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial) and Air Liquide (a leading industrial gas company) have signed an MoU to develop hydrogen mobility in Europe.
The partnership will contribute to materialising clean mobility by leveraging the two companies’ complementary competencies, particularly Air Liquide’s expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain, from production and storage to distribution, and Iveco’s skills as a provider of advanced, clean, sustainable transport solutions.
Both partners will study the roll-out of heavy-duty fuel-cell electric long-haul trucks coupled with deploying a network of renewable or low-carbon hydrogen refuelling stations along the main trans-European transport corridors.
The partnership is in line with the companies’ ongoing collaboration in the Hyammed (Hydrogène à Aix-Marseille pour une Mobilité Ecologie et Durable) project in the South of France. The project aims to develop the first European fleet of fuel-cell electric 44-tonne trucks associated with the first high-pressure one tonne per day hydrogen refuelling station, targeting the decarbonisation of long-haul freight mobility in Europe.
Luca Sra, President of Truck Business Unit at Iveco Group, said, “It is essential that we all focus on reaching global net zero-emission targets, working together to propel the industry faster in accomplishing this.”
Matthieu Giard, VP at Air Liquide, commented, “Hydrogen can significantly contribute to reducing emissions of the transportation sector as it is particularly well suited for long-haul heavy-duty vehicles.”