Paul Nutzfahrzeuge is a company that develops special-purpose commercial vehicles. MaierKorduletsch is a group of companies in which members such as Maier Holding and Maier & Korduletsch Energie trade in energy, fuels and lubricants.
Fabian Ziegler, Shell country chair, Germany, says: "Road freight traffic could triple by 2050. At the same time, Germany has so far fallen short of its own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, nitrogen oxide and other pollutant limits are exceeded in many cities and regions. It is therefore important to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality, which can be done through new low-carbon fuels, as well as improved fuel efficiency.”
Shell says the basis of the new zero-emission vehicle is a glider – a chassis and driver cabin from Mercedes-Benz Atego, equipped by Paul Nutzfahrzeuge with a central drive from ZF and a fuel cell from Toyota.
According to Shell, the 15t truck (24t including trailer) with a hydrogen storage capacity of 30 kg can represent a range of up to 500 km and be fully refuelled within only 10 to 15 minutes.
As part of the collaboration, MaierKorduletsch is to construct a hydrogen retail station for the first trucks. Shell plans the supply of green hydrogen and is developing an integrated mobility platform which includes a vehicle offer on a pay-per-km basis. The companies plan to offer customers up to 2,500 fuel cell trucks with up to 50 hydrogen filling stations by 2025. The first 25 prototype trucks will be tested by select customers as early as next year. Mass production is scheduled to start in 2023.