Remondis nabs emission-free waste truck trial

Hyzon Motors ANZ President International Operations John Edgley (left) REMONDIS Aust CEO Bjorn Becker (right).

Remondis Australia has announced it will trial one of the world’s first zero emission waste collection trucks in the hopes it will lead to a future roll-out across its global network.

Developed by Hyzon Motors, the waste truck’s fuel cell electric engine relies on hydrogen funnelled from specially made tanks. It combines with air to generate electricity that powers the truck, emitting only water vapour.

It will hit the road mid-year in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

“Although we can’t pre-empt the trial outcomes, we’ve certainly placed a stake in the zero-emission space,” Remondis Australia Chairman, Björn Becker, said.

“A best-case scenario could be gradually replacing our global diesel-powered trucks with zero-emission trucks, which could set the scene for other companies to do the same,” he said.

“At the very least, we’ll collect unprecedented information about what it takes to get closer to fleet decarbonisation.”

Along with other hydrogen-power trucks, this vehicle will be constructed at Australia’s first purpose-built assembly plant in Melbourne’s Southeast.

The heavy-duty truck has been designed against the industry benchmark of a 200-kilometre range, lifting 1,500 bins per day.

During the trial, Remondis will be closely monitoring the vehicle to ensure it has the same capabilities and performs as well in Australian conditions as a diesel-powered truck.

Remondis is a global recycling, service and water company found in more than 30 countries, while Hyzon Motors is a global supplier of fuel cell electric mobility.

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