Schmitz Cargobull partners with Hyundai on sustainable transport solution

German OEM, Schmitz Cargobull, has delivered the first climate-neutral vehicle combination of M.KO box body and hydrogen-powered motor to start-up company, Hylane.

Manufactured at the Schmitz Cargobull production plant in Lithuania, the body is equipped with a multifunctional floor, two load-securing rails and a tail lift, completing the Hyundai hydrogen-powered vehicle. Assembly of the vehicle and the DEKRA inspection of it took place at the GRW plant in Toddin where Schmitz Cargobull’s project production is also still based. This development makes Schmitz Cargobull the first certified bodybuilder for Hyundai in Germany.

Dirk Nuxoll, Managing Director GRW, Sabine Essmann, International Key Account Manager Logistic/Food Business at Schmitz Cargobull, and Bruno Altenschöpfer, Fleet Manager at hylane, took delivery of the vehicle for its first use on the road.

“I am thrilled at how quickly this concept could be implemented,” said Altenschöpfer.

“This vehicle is another step forward for sustainable transport solutions with hydrogen in Germany.”

Essmann said: “Solutions for sustainable freight transport are particularly important to Schmitz Cargobull.

“We are pleased to realise this great pilot project in such a short time and will complete a total of 17 vehicles in the next few weeks.”

This vehicle was displayed at a conference in Berlin which championed climate-friendly commercial vehicles.

“Vehicles of the type ‘XCIENT Fuel Cell’ will be prepared – depending on customer requirements – for their use on the road,” said Hylane Managing Director, Sara Schiffer. “Refrigerated and dry freight boxes are mounted on the motor vehicle chassis in order to be able to safely transport the goods. Some of the vehicles will also be fitted with a refrigerated trailer.”

As an exclusive provider of climate-neutral mobility vehicles for rent, Hylane is reported to offer competitive rates thanks to funding from the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport. Customers only pay for the kilometres they actually drive.

In other news, Schmitz Cargobull has selected the best workshops and service centres from 31 countries in its Service Partner network.

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