BP and Daimler Truck to Develop Hydrogen Trucks and Supporting Infrastructure

Nov. 1, 2021
The hydrogen infrastructure will comprise 25 refueling stations

Oil and gas firm BP has signed a memorandum of understanding with commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck AG to develop hydrogen infrastructure and hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks in the UK, facilitating the decarbonization of freight transport. BP will evaluate the feasibility of designing, building, operating and supplying 25 hydrogen refueling stations by 2030. Green hydrogen, which is generated using renewable sources, will be supplied to these refueling stations. Daimler intends to begin delivering the trucks from in 2025.

Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Member of the Board of Management at Daimler Truck, said, “We are consistently pursuing our vision of CO2-neutral transport. Especially for CO2-neutral long-haul road transportation, the hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive will become indispensable in the future. Together with BP, we want to jointly develop and scale the required hydrogen infrastructure by putting our hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks into our customers’ hands and thus supporting the decarbonization of the UK freight network. At the same time, political support plays an important role in promoting the creation of an infrastructure for green hydrogen and making an economically viable use of fuel-cell trucks possible for our customers.”

 “Hydrogen is critical to decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors—and for heavy and long-distance freight it is sometimes the only answer,” said Emma Delaney, BP’s executive vice president for customer and products. “Working with a leading manufacturer like Daimler Truck AG we can accelerate the deployment of both vehicles and infrastructure and pioneer the use of hydrogen to fuel the next generation of [UK] freight. From producing and supplying hydrogen through to building and operating the fueling stations, BP is perfectly positioned to transform transport and ultimately build a better energy future.”

BP’s plans for the UK include the development of a hydrogen production facility in Teesside, with a production capacity of 1 GW of blue hydrogen, which is generated using natural gas. The facility will also be equipped with carbon capture and storage technology.

Meanwhile, Daimler Truck intends to offer only CO2-neutral vehicles in Europe, North America and Japan by 2039. To achieve this goal, the firm is focused on CO2-neutral technologies, like battery power and hydrogen-based fuel-cells, with preference for liquid hydrogen.

BP and Daimler Truck’s efforts align with the UK government’s target of developing a 5-GW hydrogen production capacity by 2030.