Luxfer launches emission-busting partnership with European truck manufacturer

Luxfer Gas Cylinders has partnered with E-Trucks Europe

Luxfer Gas Cyclinders has partnered with E-Trucks Europe to help power a fleet of zero-emission refuse trucks which, individually, will save 30,000kg of CO2 each year.

The Colwick-based hydrogen storage systems manufacturer – shortlisted in the International Trade category of the 2022 East Midlands Business Masters and a winner at last year’s awards – is collaborating with the European firm to help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced during waste collection.

The 10-strong fleet of trucks is currently being used in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, where all waste collection vehicles must be zero-emission by 2030.

Founded in 2010, E-Trucks initially designed and built electric trucks for collecting refuse. However, the six-hour lifespan of electric batteries led its designers to consider hydrogen fuel, which enables vehicles to operate for longer. Depending on the size of the hydrogen tank, which can be 15, 20 or 30kg in volume, the trucks can run for two days before requiring a refuel.

The 30,000kg saving is equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by 18 return flights between London and New York.

André Beukers, CEO at E-Trucks Europe, said: “Luxfer has played a big part in helping to bring our initial vision to life. We consulted them because they were the only company in Europe building hydrogen storage tanks for mobility use, that had European certification.

“We design the frames for the hydrogen cylinders, and in collaboration with Luxfer, they make the hydrogen tanks in the frames and fit them. It’s been a great, easy working partnership from the outset, and now we’ve worked together for a number of years, it’s always a very straightforward process to achieve results.

“We’ve recently built our first truck for our new rental service, which is really exciting, as it enables operators who might be considering investing in hydrogen solutions to ‘try before they buy’ – letting them see how hydrogen can work for them, ahead of making the financial commitment. Our aim for H2RenT is to make hydrogen solutions more accessible, which is essential if hydrogen is to be used to its full potential across the transportation industry.

“We’re looking forward to working with Luxfer to explore new possibilities as the market grows further in the coming years.”

Jim Gregory, European business development manager at Luxfer, added: “It’s fantastic to see the results of our work with E-Trucks Europe, and we’re proud to play a part in the positive impact their vehicles are making in Europe. Conversions like theirs allow the hydrogen infrastructure to be tested and for demand to grow at a sustainable rate – they’re vital to the hydrogen economy. We’re excited to see E-Trucks Europe’ innovation in practice, as interest in hydrogen vehicle evolves even further.”