DB Schenker is the first logistics service provider to operate a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in the 40-ton class in Germany. The first hydrogen-powered semitrailer tractor is registered in Germany and has regular daily service between Cologne, Germany, and Eupen, Belgium.

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The deployment of the first hydrogen-powered 40-ton vehicle in cross-border traffic between Germany and Belgium is a milestone achievement in the context of our long-term sustainability goals. It demonstrates that we are operating at the cutting edge of technology. It is a good example of the importance of cooperating with innovative and high-performing green mobility companies.

Cyrille Bonjean
Executive Vice President Land Transport in Europe, DB Schenker
Refilling process of hydrogen truck

The truck, manufactured by Hyzon, has a range of around 400 kilometers, while at the same time, the maximum payload is higher than 100% for electrically powered trucks. Another major advantage of hydrogen technology in everyday use is the fast refueling process of approximately 15 minutes. 

DB Schenker is using the Hyzon truck in a pay-per-use model offered by hylane, a rental company specializing in CO2-neutral commercial vehicles

Published: March 2023