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Loop Energy enters into agreement with Rheintal-Transporte in Germany to provide fuel cell modules

Rheintal anticipates orders of eFlow™ fuel cell modules for more than 20 zero-emission hydrogen trucks and trailers over the next 24 months.

March 23, 2021  by CM Staff

VANCOUVER — On Mar. 23, Loop Energy and Rheintal-Transporte announced an agreement for the development and supply of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell range extension solutions for battery electric trucks in Europe.

As a part of the agreement, Rheintal is looking to use Loop’s eFlow™ fuel cell modules to expand driving range capabilities of battery electric trucks to the levels required by its fleet of long-haul cold-chain logistics vehicles. Rheintal anticipates orders of eFlow™ fuel cell modules for more than 20 zero-emission hydrogen trucks and trailers over the next 24 months. In addition to supply of its fuel cell products, the agreement provides Rheintal with full access to Loop’s Total Customer Care services. This offering provides end-to-end technical support as well as access to a network of pre-qualified channel partners specializing in hydrogen electric power train design, supply of various sub-system components and hydrogen fuel infrastructure.

Rheintal, based in Germany, is a recognized industry leader of low-carbon heavy-duty transportation solutions for its freight forwarding services. The company’s evolution to hydrogen fuel cell electric freight transport aligns with their goal of enabling emission-free customer transport deliveries before 2030.

“Over the last two years, Rheintal has evaluated a range of zero-emission vehicle options and determined that pure battery-electric solutions alone will not meet either our operational demands or range requirements,” said Wolfgang Normann, Principal of Rheintal-Transporte. “After a thorough review of next-generation vehicle powertrain solutions, we chose Loop Energy as our catalyst for carbon-free power as their eFlow™ fuel cell range extender system offers a superior blend of benefits from a battery electric system coupled with a hydrogen fuel engine to augment its range limitation.”

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As the transport sector looks to reduce emissions, Loop Energy’s eFlow™ fuel cell solutions are trying to meet the requirements customers demand in heavy-duty applications.

“On behalf of Loop Energy, we welcome the opportunity to partner with a progressive company such as Rheintal to help transform their freight-forwarding business by providing a solution that can deliver goods with a reduced environmental impact,” said George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer of Loop Energy.