Zero Emission Truck Powered by Hydrogen with a Mobile Refueler

In March 2017, the Belgian organisation WaterstofNet received approval for the project ‘H2-Share’ from Interreg North-West Europe (NWE). TNO is proud to announce that it has joined in this partnership as an evaluation partner. The project aims to build and demonstrate a 27 ton rigid truck fuelled by hydrogen with a mobile H2 refueler.
This project is funded by INTERREG NWE

'H2-Share' stands for 'Hydrogen Solutions for Heavy-duty transport Aimed at Reduction of Emissions in North West Europe'. The objective of 'H2-Share' is to facilitate the development of a market for low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles, run on hydrogen (H2), for logistic applications. It will develop practical experience in different regions in North-West Europe (NWE), creating a transnational living lab. This will form a basis for the development of a zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry in the area. The project will demonstrate the readiness of hydrogen technology for heavy-duty applications in real life conditions.

Impression of the hydrogen truck and planned in the demonstration

Key role to play

Evidence from the logistics sector shows a strong growing interest in zero-emission vehicles as a means of mitigating a negative environmental impact. This is particularly the case in the EU where the logistics sector contributes approximately 25% of total transport sector CO2 emissions. While battery electric trucks can operate efficiently in urban areas, hydrogen technology is one of the options for zero-emission logistics over longer distances. Heavy-duty distribution vehicles with a fuel cell range extender - while not yet commercially available in het EU - are demonstrated in H2-Share and their potential is assessed in this project by TNO.
TNO plays a key role in this, and many other projects, in providing independent assessment and evaluation to support the transition to more sustainable transport solutions. With knowledge, expertise, and facilities, TNO is able to support a wide spectrum of stakeholders from policy, technology development, to end-users and operational optimisation.

Join forces

'H2-Share' aims to unlock this potential and will join forces with four front-runner NWE regions in three member states (BE, NL, DE). The 27 ton rigid truck, run on hydrogen, will be built by VDL and the mobile H2 refueler will be built by Wystrach GmbH. The goal is to test the truck at six locations in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Joint roadmap

Based upon the demo’s and strong cooperation with sector-related associations, a joint roadmap for zero-emission heavy-duty trucks in NWE will be developed, along with cooperation from other EU regions. The project aims to realize knowledge sharing between regions and stimulate technology and market development in NWE.
The project will run until September 2020 and will be coordinated by WaterstofNet.


VDL ETS (The Netherlands), Wystrach (Germany), VDL Bus Chassis (The Netherlands), Automotive NL (The Netherlands), TNO (The Netherlands), Hydrogen Europe (Belgium), e-mobil BW (Germany), and WaterstofNet (Belgium).

Associated partners

Deutsche Post DHL Group (Germany) & DHL International BV (The Netherlands), Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (The Netherlands), BREYTNER BV (The Netherlands), CURE (The Netherlands) and Colruyt Group (Belgium).


Municipality of Helmond (The Netherlands), VIL (Belgium), provincie Antwerpen (Belgium), Provincie Noord-Brabant

TNO research on powertrains

Rob Schut BSc

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