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Toyota and VDL Groep have collaborated to launch their first hydrogen fuel cell demonstration truck.

Toyota aims to help decarbonise its European logistics operations by integrating its fuel cell technology into VDL’s heavy duty trucks.

VDL Groep is preparing four more fuel cell trucks, which will be used by Toyota’s logistic providers VOS Transport Group, CEVA, Groupe CAT and Yusen.

These transportation companies will contribute to the project by using the hydrogen trucks on their daily routes in Belgium, France and Netherlands. The four routes each have at least one hydrogen refuelling station.

The cooperation between all parties is expected to consolidate learnings on how to deploy fuel cell trucks on public roads and contribute to Europe’s ecological energy transition.

The five-year trial is expected to stimulate the further development of a sustainable hydrogen infrastructure across Europe meeting Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requirements and allow for more carbon-neutral hydrogen mobility solutions to emerge.

Toyota aims to decarbonise logistics and to become carbon-neutral by 2040.

Beyond the electrification of passenger cars, the Toyota has been working with multiple partners to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and accessible zero-emission hydrogen economy.

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