Daimler Truck’s hydrogen-based fuel-cell truck approved for public roads

In News, Daimler1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 27, 2021

Daimler Truck’s hydrogen-based fuel-cell truck has received its license for road use.

In October, the further enhanced prototype of the hydrogen-based fuel-cell truck Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck received approval from German authorities for use on public roads.

In April, the truck manufacturer began to conduct tests of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, which was unveiled in 2020, on the company’s test tracks. There, the truck, which aims to achieve ranges of up to 1000km and more without any stops for refueling in its series version, has successfully accumulated several thousand miles by now.

Now, testing is expanded to public roads. As part of the eWayBW project, freight will be electrified to test catenary trucks in operation.

The project will also include comparative tests of the purely battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros with the catenary trucks and fuel-cell trucks from other manufacturers.

With the approval for road use of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, Daimler Truck has reached an important milestone on the way to series production.

The first series-produced GenH2 Truck are expected to be handed over to customers starting in 2027 and additionally, Daimler Truck has the ambition to offer only new vehicles that are carbon-neutral in driving operation in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039.