Coop Switzerland has announced plans to add seven hydrogen-powered trucks to its fleet by the end of this year.
The retailer has launched the first truck in cooperation with the Swiss company H2 Energy AG and Hyundai Motor Company.
The initiative is part of the ‘Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility’ joint venture, and the truck is one of the first mass-produced fuel cell electric trucks that run on hydrogen from Hyundai.
Hydrogen-fuelled trucks will help in reducing 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from its operations, the retailer added.
The company believes that hydrogen has great potential in making transport sustainable as it does not emit CO2, soot particles, or nitrogen oxide.
Coop Switzerland plans to set up additional hydrogen filling stations in Switzerland to promote the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Earlier, the retailer launched its first public hydrogen filling station in Hunzenschwil (AG) and was operating a small fleet of hydrogen passenger cars.
In May 2018, the retailer teamed up with seven major petrol station operators and operators of truck fleets to form the H2 Mobility Switzerland promotion association.
The association aims to build a comprehensive network of hydrogen filling stations throughout Switzerland by 2023.
Jörg Ackermann, Coop member of management and president of the association, added, "The H2 Mobility Switzerland association promotes clean, CO2 -free, motorised individual traffic in Switzerland and implements the technology of hydrogen mobility in road traffic on a private basis.”
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