Gebrüder Weiss draws a positive result after one year / 70,000 kilometers without CO2 emissions/use of other hydrogen trucks planned for Austria and Germany
After one year, the transport and logistics service provider Gebrüder Weiss awards the first hydrogen truck in its fleet a good interim report. The Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell stationed in Altenrhein (Switzerland) is used daily in short-distance general cargo transport and has proven itself in all seasons. Even on the climbs, the electric motor, powered by a fuel cell, has retained all its performance. The commercial vehicle saves around 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Since receipt of the 36-tonne truck in January 2021, the vehicle has covered approximately 70,000 kilometers or 43,496 miles. The consumption was even lower than the value indicated by the manufacturer, and in one year there was only one visit to the workshop for a technical check. “The purchase was a profitable investment in resource-efficient road freight transport. The truck is well received by drivers and especially by customers,” says Peter Waldenberger, Head of Quality and Environmental Management at Gebrüder Weiss.
Gebrüder Weiss plans to use hydrogen trucks in Austria and southern Germany in the future, as subsidy programs in Germany make their use north of the Alps attractive. A limiting factor is the availability of hydrogen filling stations, nine of which already exist in Switzerland. In addition to the fuel cell truck, the logistics provider already has several gas trucks on the roads in Austria, Germany and Serbia, as well as electric trucks and vans in the greater Vienna area – among others for its customer IKEA at home delivery sector.
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Gebrüder Weiss, a global freight forwarder whose core business is land transport, air and sea freight and logistics, is the oldest transport company in the world with a history dating back more than 500 years. The family-owned company employs more than 7,400 people worldwide and has 170 company-owned locations. Commercial presence in North America includes headquarters in Chicago and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Growing and evolving with the needs of its customers over its long history, Gebrüder Weiss is also a pioneer in sustainable business practices having implemented a myriad of ecological, economic and social initiatives. The company’s continued growth illustrates the need for highly experienced global solution providers across an international network of supply chain experts. Customized solutions with a single point of contact provide customers with an exceptional service experience focused on reliable and cost-effective solutions. www.gw-world.com