Countrywide signs partnership for hydrogen uptake

Countrywide Hydrogen has announced a joint cooperation agreement with 7R Logistics/Blu Logistics (7R) to promote the use of green hydrogen in heavy vehicles in Tasmania.

Countrywide is aiming to have three Tasmanian hydrogen refuelling stations strategically located near Hobart, Launceston and Burnie – allowing the state’s major transport routes to be covered by a network of refuelling stations.

To coincide with Countrywide’s first hydrogen production in Tasmania, hydrogen-powered trucks will be available in Australia.

7R has become the first transport operator in the state to sign on to offer a zero emissions option to customers.

The zero emissions heavy vehicle transport alternative will be available to 7R’s customers using fuel cell trucks fuelled by renewable hydrogen from Countrywide.

“This partnership with 7R will help to promote the benefits of, and fast track the development of, green hydrogen projects in Tasmania,” said Countrywide Managing Director, Geoffrey Drucker.

“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 Logistics Managing Director, Tim Jensen, said there is strong appetite 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,” he said.

7R currently operates 12 heavy vehicles powered by diesel in Tasmania, which on average travel over 200,000km a year and each emit 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

According to Countrywide, extrapolating these numbers across this fleet will lead to emissions reductions of 3,000 tonnes a year by converting to zero emission fuel cell vehicles.

In other news, multiple freight and transport industry bodies have joined forces to demand the Federal Government create and enforce a zero emissions strategy with heavy vehicles in mind.

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