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First Lidl hydrogen-powered truck launched in France

First Lidl hydrogen-powered truck launched in France
The first hydrogen-powered truck on French roads is a Lidl delivery truck (photo courtesy Lhyfe).

In France, haulage and logistics major Jacky Perrenot Group, compatriot green hydrogen producer and project developer Lhyfe, and Germany-headed supermarket major Lidl have announced the launch of the first delivery truck powered by green hydrogen operating in the French mass retail sector.

Following the inauguration of Europe’s first green hydrogen-powered logistics platform in France, in Carquefou (Loire-Atlantique) in March 2022, the supermarket chain is reaffirming its commitment to environmentally-friendly delivery methods.

In collaboration with Jacky Perrenot Group and Lhyfe, Lidl signed a charter committing to putting the first green hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) on French roads.

Operational since the beginning of 2024

The truck has been operating at the Carquefou platform since the beginning of 2024, delivering to Lidl supermarkets in the Nantes region, marking a first in the French haulage landscape, and an important step in the energy transition of Lidl, which is set on drastically reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This first new-generation 26-tonne truck is fitted with a 100 kW fuel cell and has a range of 400 kilometres.

It refuels at the multi-energy station in La Roche-sur-Yon, which opened in December 2021, and is supplied with 100 percent renewable green hydrogen by Lhyfe.

We’re proud to have put this first green hydrogen vehicle on the road, representing a significant step forward in our commitment to the energy transition. This collaboration with Lhyfe and the Jacky Perrenot Group is a concrete example of our desire to work with partners who share our values and ambition says Xavier Pierre, Head of Transport and Environment at Lidl.

Jacky Perrenot retrofitted this hydrogen-powered vehicle as part of an environmental collaboration between the two companies.

This collaboration includes an annual renewal of part of Lidl’s vehicle fleet to alternative energies.

The first all-electric deliveries began in 2021. This green hydrogen-powered truck marks a new stage in the commitment between the two players.

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