Quantron AG is participating in a pioneering project in which fleets of fuel cell trucks will be deployed in the Tees Valley region for the first time from the mid-2020s. The project includes at least 20 fuel cell trucks and the development of a strategically located hydrogen filling station. This is the first large-scale deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in the UK. Quantron will be the first provider of right-hand drive (RHD) hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles and trucks, with first customer delivery expected in the first quarter of 2025.
In collaboration with the British company Novuna Vehicle Solutions, a vehicle leasing and fleet management provider, Quantron AG will provide the vehicles together with fuel cell electric vehicle manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles. Quantron will contribute twelve Quantron QLI FCEV transporters in the 4-7t class and two Quantron QHM FCEV heavy-duty transporters in the 19t class.
Additionally, Exolum, a leading energy industry company, will build a strategically located hydrogen refueling station in the Tees Valley to ensure a seamless and sustainable refueling infrastructure. This station will produce green hydrogen through an advanced electrolysis process and provide a readily available and accessible refueling solution for the trucks and other vehicles in use.
The £7 million project, part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub, is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. Novuna Vehicle Solutions has received over £2.1 million in funding as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem Consortium. The first large-scale deployment of fuel cell electric trucks in the UK will serve as a model of progress and drive the development of additional hydrogen refueling stations across the strategic road network.