Lidl acquires the first green hydrogen-powered vehicle in the mass retail sector

Lidl, Jacky Perrenot and Lhyfe have announced the launch of the first green hydrogen vehicle in the French mass retail sector, representing an important step in the energy transition of Lidl, which is set on drastically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
Lidl acquires the first green hydrogen-powered vehicle in the mass retail sector
Courtesy of Lhyfe.

Following the inauguration of Europe’s first green hydrogen-powered logistics platform in Carquefou (Loire-Atlantique) in March 2022, Lidl has reaffirmed its commitment to environmentally-friendly delivery methods. In collaboration with Jacky Perrenot and Lhyfe, the company signed a charter at the Salon de l'Agriculture 2022 committing it to putting the very first green hydrogen-powered HGV on the road.

This truck has been operating at the Carquefou platform since the beginning of the year, delivering to Lidl supermarkets in the Nantes region, marking a first in the French haulage landscape.

The new-generation 26-tonne truck is fitted with a 100 kW fuel cell and has a range of 400 kilometres. It will refuel at the multi-energy station in La Roche-sur-Yon, which opened in December 2021, and will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable green hydrogen by Lhyfe.

“We’re proud to have put this first green hydrogen vehicle on the road, which represents a significant step forward in our commitment to the energy transition” said Xavier Pierre, head of transport and environment at Lidl. “This collaboration with Lhyfe and the Jacky Perrenot Group is a concrete example of our desire to work with partners who share our values and ambition.”

The vehicle was adapted by transport company Jacky Perrenot, who has been involved in the fight against climate change since 2012 and holds the “Objectif CO2” label for its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The firm began its collaboration with Lidl in 2020 with the signing of an initial charter at the Salon International de l'Agriculture in 2020. This in turn resulted in the annual renewal of part of the chain's fleet with alternative energies. The first all-electric deliveries began in 2021. The new green hydrogen-powered truck marks a new stage in the commitment between the two players.

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