Quantron AG, a German specialist in sustainable passenger and freight transportation, takes part in a pioneering project that will see fleets of fuel cell trucks deployed in the Tees Valley region.
The project involves at least 20 units and the development of a strategically located hydrogen refueling station.
It is the first large-scale deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in the United Kingdom and Quantron will be the first Right-Hand-Drive (RHD) supplier for hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles.
The first delivery to customers is scheduled for the first quarter of 2025.
Andreas Haller, CEO and Founder of Quantron AG, said: “We are proud to be a part of this initiative. Bringing our innovative QUANTRON INSIDE technology to the UK marks a significant step forward in our global strategy and we are delighted to do this in collaboration with our partner Novuna.”
“These vehicles will be the very first RHD Fuel Cell trucks with the QUANTRON badge on the grill. They will be the first of their kind to open international RHD markets for us,” he added.
Working in collaboration with UK-based Novuna Vehicle Solutions, a provider of vehicle leasing and fleet management services, Quantron will provide the fuel cell vehicles together with Electra Commercial Vehicles.
Utz Rachner, Global Sales Director of Quantron AG, stated: “Thanks to the strong cooperation with NOVUNA, we were able to participate successfully in the Tees Valley Project and we will bring hydrogen vehicles to the UK market that reflect our commitment to sustainability”
The firm will contribute twelve QUANTRON QLI FCEV light-transporter in the 4-7t class as well as two QUANTRON QHM FCEV heavy-trucks in the 19t class.
In addition, Exolum, a leading player in the energy industry, will construct a strategically located hydrogen refueling station in the Tees Valley.
This station will produce green hydrogen through an advanced electrolysis process, providing a readily available and accessible refueling solution for the deployed trucks and other vehicles.
The 7 million pounds project, part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub, is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership by Innovate UK.