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Lidl runs first green hydrogen truck

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Lidl, Jacky Perrenot and Lhyfe have announced the launch of the first green hydrogen vehicle in the French mass retail sector. The launch is an important step in the energy transition of Lidl, which is set on drastically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Following the inauguration of Europe’s first green hydrogen-powered logistics platform in Carquefou (Loire-Atlantique) in March 2022, Lidl is reaffirming its commitment to environmentally-friendly delivery methods. In collaboration with Jacky Perrenot and Lhyfe, the company signed a charter at the Salon de l'Agriculture 2022 committing it to putting the very first green hydrogen-powered HGV on the road.

This truck has been operating at the Carquefou platform since the beginning of the year, delivering to Lidl supermarkets in the Nantes region, marking a first in the French haulage landscape.

This first new-generation 26 ttruck is fitted with a 100 kW fuel cell and has a range of 400 km. It will refuel at the multi-energy station in La Roche-sur-Yon, which opened in December 2021, and will be supplied with 100% renewable green hydrogen by Lhyfe.

Xavier Pierre, Head of Transport and Environment at Lidl, said: “We’re proud to have put this first green hydrogen vehicle on the road, which represents 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.”

This innovative vehicle was adapted by Jacky Perrenot. With the signing of an initial charter at the Salon International de l'Agriculture in 2020, the environmental collaboration between LIDL and Jacky Perrenot has resulted in the annual renewal of part of the chain's fleet with 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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