The Norwegian government agency Enova is contributing 19,6 mln NOK, around €2 mln, to the development of 4 hydrogen powered trucks and 10 forklifts of Norway’s largest transport company ASKO. The hydrogen will be produces by ASKO’s solar plant of its logistics facility in Trondheim.

“Electricity and hydrogen are the future. We will produce power from our own solar plant. We want to pioneer and push the introduction and use of environmentally friendly technology, and within a few years have realized our ambition of renewable fuels throughout our entire vehicle fleet”, says CEO Jørn Arvid Endresen, CEO in ASKO Midt-Norge AS.

“Hydrogen is a very interesting alternative to fossil fuels in land-based transport, particularly for buses and trucks running over long distances, where battery power is less appropriate”, says marketing director Audhild Kvam in Enova.

“There is currently limited knowledge of how hydrogen-powered long-distance trucks will work under real and rough Norwegian conditions and climate. This project will help build the understanding, both at ASKO and other actors at home and abroad. If successful, this project will therefore open up opportunities to deploy more hydrogen in land-based transport”, said Kvam.

“This is a major milestone for a decade-long standing demonstration of hydrogen-based mobility in Norway. We are very much looking forward to follow and support ASKO’s real-life demonstration of one of the first hydrogen-based heavy transport projects in the world”, says Kristian E. Vik, Secretary General of the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum.

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