VERVAEKE embarks on test fleet of carbon-free long distance transport

VERVAEKE will be one of five European fleets to test a Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck.

Five prototypes of this fuel cell truck will be tested on commercial trips for one year starting this year.

The test of one of Daimler Trucks first five hydrogen trucks will be conducted exclusively in Germany.

Although VERVAEKE is promoting the use of H2 technology for ADR approval at the UN level, hydrogen cannot be tested today on transports of dangerous goods due to current ADR restrictions.

The company will deploy the new hydrogen truck to tow a PVC silo bulk trailer for its customer INEOS Inovyn, which produces PVC in Rheinberg, while the Antwerp site produces its own ISCC-certified green hydrogen.

 “We are delighted to support these fuel-cell customer trials, hydrogen is a game-changing source of energy which will transform truck technology and help us reach a net-zero future.

“As both a user and producer of hydrogen, INEOS is in a unique position to support this transition and we are excited to work with VERVAEKE,” said Wouter Bleukx, business director hydrogen at INEOS Inovyn.

Uniquely, it is neither compressed hydrogen nor dual fuel technology that is used.

It is subcooled liquid hydrogen, which serves as the sole fuel for the vehicle and, through a fuel cell, charges a battery that drives the electric motors of the drive axle. 

For this test, VERVAEKE is investing in a new bulk trailer with very specific features.

On the one hand, the tipping installation of the bulk trailer is driven by the truck.

On the other hand, because of the heavy power requirements, it was opted to build the high airflow unloading compressor on the trailer. This allows it to operate independently of the truck.

Today, the hydrogen truck is not yet capable of delivering such power. However, Daimler Truck is very interested in further developing the truck’s propulsion of auxiliary equipment fitted to the trailer, in collaboration with VERVAEKE.

 Frédéric Derumeaux, CEO of VERVAEKE, explained: “For several years, we have been looking for technological innovations that make it possible to reduce our ecological footprint. Supplying heavy trucks with liquid hydrogen is a revolutionary step in that direction.”