Gebrüder Weiss Tests Hydrogen-powered Truck in Hungary

Transport

Gebrüder Weiss Kft. is the first company in Hungary to start testing a hydrogen-powered truck for transport. Bálint Varga, managing director of Gebrüder Weiss Kft., announced that the Hyundai Xcient truck will be used to conduct transports for GW customers with zero emissions in cooperation with Linde Gas Hungary Zrt.

The test run is part of the company’s commitment to sustainability aimed at cutting operational emissions to zero.

The vehicle, which is a 36-metric-ton truck designed to transport around 17 metric tons of goods with a range of 400 kilometers, was presented by Varga during a press conference last week.

The truck has been operating successfully in Switzerland for two years, covering 70,000 kilometers a year when transporting cargo, enabling GW to save 80 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year with just this one vehicle.

Ákos Hegedüs, CEO of Linde Gas, presented the hydrogen refueling options currently available in Hungary along with plans for the domestic production of green hydrogen at a press conference at the company’s location in Budapest. “We are proud that LINDE is the first and only company in Hungary to enable the refueling of passenger and commercial vehicles with carbon-neutral hydrogen, and we are confident of soon being able to supply hydrogen to buses and trains at additional locations, just as is the case in many European countries.”

The importance of having a good refueling infrastructure for hydrogen is illustrated by the complex route the hydrogen-power truck had to take from Switzerland to Hungary because of the lack of available refueling stations, i.e. via Innsbruck (AT), Erlangen (DE), Prague (CZ) and Vienna (AT) to Budapest.

Varga added that GW is going to use available green technologies, including electric, LNG, and CNG vehicles, as early as their development allows.

The company says that its commitment to environment-friendly logistics is evidenced by the fact that it has recently started using its own zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries for its home delivery business in the city centers of Budapest, Győr, Zalaegerszeg, Pécs, and Szeged.

The first 10 vehicles of the fleet of electric vehicles required for this were recently put into operation and will be followed by a further 10 vans in the second half of the year.

The next step in the development will be the purchase of e-vehicles with a range of 250-300 km which will serve Miskolc, Debrecen, and Nyíregyháza, according to a press release by GW.

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