The honor was granted to these seven companies as members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland association.
The event symbolized an important step for Galliker in its mission called “Green Logistics by Galliker”. Galliker wants to provide Swiss city centers with CO2-neutral transports by 2030.
Reduction of CO2 emissions
With the delivery of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell Trucks, the Swiss private sector has started powering up a new, clean mobility system. This enables a sustainable reduction in CO2 emissions, soot particles and nitric oxides in heavy goods vehicles and also in passenger cars. The new 36-ton trailer trucks are fueled with green hydrogen, which in Switzerland is produced entirely from renewables.
This is how a hydrogen electric vehicle works: In the fuel cell there is a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, taken from the atmosphere, that generates electricity to power the 350 kW electric motor. The exhaust pipe emits nothing but water vapor. Fueling time, operating range and scope of use are comparable to today’s diesel trucks, but fuel cell commercial vehicles are electric and therefore quiet. Savings of around 80 tons of CO2 emissions are made per year and commercial vehicle.
Another Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck is planned to be added to Galliker’s fleet by the end of the year. The system will be scaled up gradually. This year a total of 50 new vehicles are being released onto the Swiss market and two more H2 filling stations are under construction. The two operational filling stations in Hunzenschwil (AG) and St. Gallen (SG) provide green hydrogen (H2 ZERO) for commercial vehicles (350 bar) and passenger cars (700 bar).
Further expansion will take place in Switzerland from 2021 to 2023 with a total of 1,000 hydrogen-electric commercial vehicles and a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations. Also the number of non-polluting hydrogen-electric passenger cars is expected to increase.