Countrywide Hydrogen is aiming to have three Tasmanian hydrogen refuelling sites strategically located near Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie, allowing the state’s major transport routes to be covered by a network of refuelling stations.
Countrywide said hydrogen-powered trucks deliver similar or better performance than diesel equivalents in terms of power output, torque, payload, refuelling time, range, and whole-of-life cost of operation.
Hydrogen-powered trucks will be available in Australia to coincide with Countrywide’s first hydrogen production in Tasmania. As a result, 7R has become the first transport operator in the state to sign on to offer a zero-emissions option to customers.
“This partnership with 7R will help to promote the benefits of, and fast track the development of, green hydrogen projects in Tasmania,” Countrywide Managing Director Geoffrey Drucker said. “To help achieve this, we are calling for support where possible from the state government to help enable the transition to zero-emissions road transport.”
“With government support, together we can promote the commitment to zero-emissions road transport, while actively encouraging and supporting others in the industry to transition to zero emissions.”
7R has committed to offering a zero-emissions heavy vehicle transport alternative to its customers currently using fuel cell trucks fuelled by renewable hydrogen from Countrywide. 7R currently operates 12 heavy vehicles powered by diesel in Tasmania, on average operating over 200,000 kms a year and each emitting 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Extrapolating these numbers across this fleet will mean emissions reductions of 3,000 tonnes a year by converting to zero emission fuel cell vehicles.
Tim Jensen, Managing Director of 7R Logistics, said: “With so many Australian companies announcing their emissions reductions targets, there is a strong appetite among them to secure freight services that offer a zero-emissions alternative. We are pleased to be partnering with Countrywide to offer our customers a critically fast-refuelling hydrogen electric option.”