HATTERMERBROEK – As one of the first transport companies in the Netherlands, they are using heavy transport vehicles without harmful emissions.
On Wednesday 7 September, the first three hydrogen vehicles were introduced with which they will gain practical experience. While enjoying a snack and a drink, this happy fact will be celebrated by employees and guests of the above-mentioned parties. Because heavy vehicles running on hydrogen are new in the Netherlands and are seen by many as the sustainable transport of the future, the press has also been invited.
In mid-2021 the deal was finalized and Jan Bakker and Millenaar & Van Schaik placed an joint order with Hyzon Motors Europe. The trucks will appear on public roads from the end of September. They are used in various road construction projects in the Netherlands, starting with major maintenance work on the A1 at Apeldoorn.
The trucks refuel with hydrogen and can drive approximately 520 kilometers on a single fill-up. The hydrogen is converted into electricity in the vehicle by a so-called fuel cell. The emissions contain only water vapor and there is no air pollution by substances such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides or particulate matter.
With the introduction of hydrogen vehicles, both Jan Bakker and Millenaar & Van Schaik are sticking their necks out in the transport sector. “A hydrogen truck like this is four to five times more expensive than a regular truck. As an entrepreneur, that means taking risks, but it must be possible. This simply means that we cannot do it without subsidies or other discounts,” says Millenaar. Jan Bakker continues: “Investing in innovation is necessary. The demand for emission-free transport in the infrastructure sector is growing and ultimately, as transport entrepreneurs, we will all have to do business sustainably.”