“Our employees are proud to work at Europe’s first 100% hydrogen logistics site.”
Philippe Giroux, CEO Prelodis, Prelocentre Group
The tightening of environmental directives with regard to CO2 emissions, pollutants and noise are presenting the intralogistics industry with ever greater challenges. Offering green logistics solutions that meet customer demands for sustainability while remaining cost-effective is becoming an unavoidable competitive factor.
Fuel cell-powered industrial trucks, airport apron equipment and vehicles offer a wide range of benefits here:
– Indoor and outdoor operation (even at extreme temperatures such as in cold rooms)
– emission-free and quiet
– low space requirements for infrastructure
– High efficiency
– very flexible (modular, scalable)
– fast refueling
– very reliable, robust, low maintenance
– constant power output
– Long life
Economic efficiency – Today for large fleets and multi-shift operation, tomorrow for everyone.
Examples such as Prelodis, a logistics center in the Paris region with an annual volume of around 270,000 tons and fruit and vegetable distribution, Mercedez-Benz plant in Düsseldorf, DB-Schenker in Linz or BMW in Leipzig already demonstrate the possibilities of fuel cells in logistics.
Philippe Giroux, CEO Prelodis, France: “In terms of payback time, we expect six to seven years for the use of a fuel cell powered industrial truck. For multiple units, we assume a shorter period…”
Safety – Hydrogen has been used in industry for a century, and the associated safety requirements and regulations, which also apply to fuel cell-powered industrial trucks, determine the daily handling of this gas. Numerous accident simulations and real-world tests have shown that the fire hazard of hydrogen and fuel cell-powered vehicles is lower than that of gasoline-powered vehicles.
Thomas Ziegler, Business Manager DB Schenker, Linz: “At first, the drivers were shy, but now they’re clamoring for the fuel cell trucks. Some even come in earlier for their shift because of it.”
With the CIN’s CO2 emissions calculator, you can calculate both the greenhouse gas emissions of your fleet and the potential savings from using fuel cell industrial trucks.