Early November, Be-Trans ordered ten hydrogen-powered trucks from Nikola Motors. At the same time, the company bought two LNG trucks from Volvo. Be-Trans is also increasing sustainability with its own windmill and an eco-combi.
“At the beginning of November, I was in the US when Nikola revealed it would be introducing its electric truck powered by hydrogen in Europe. I immediately ordered ten,” says Bert Vranckx, managing director of Be-Trans. He learned that the Tre model will be fully tested by 2022 or 2023 and that the first units will be driven in Norway because the initial network of hydrogen stations will be rolled out there. “The rest of Europe will soon follow, so I expect our trucks to be operational by 2025.”
According to Vranckx, thinking greener is a road haulier’s social duty. “I believe in hydrogen because it allows trucks to drive emission-free. In the meantime, liquid natural gas will help with the transition. That is why we have ordered two LNG trucks from Volvo Trucks, which will be delivered in March,” he adds.
Incidentally, Vranckx is studying whether windmills can produce the hydrogen for the Nikola trucks. “This technology is not yet sufficiently on track to be profitable, but the outlook is promising. By the time the trucks are delivered, we will be five or six years down the line. I expect that the cost price of locally produced hydrogen with electricity from wind energy will have dropped sufficiently by then,” he says.
Source: Be-Trans, Flows; Philippe Van Dooren