Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is supporting the city of Cuxhaven in the procurement of a hydrogen-powered waste collection vehicle. The administration was awarded the contract and received the funding decision amounting to around 695,000 euros. In order to potentially be able to use the first hydrogen-powered vehicle in the area of waste collection by the end of 2022, the responsible parties will enter into talks for a corresponding vehicle in the near future. Initial considerations envisage using a so-called rotating drum-type vehicle in Cuxhaven. To make sure vehicles can also be refueled locally in the future, planning for the first hydrogen refueling station in Cuxhaven is being simultaneously conducted by the Agency for Economic Development.

The deployment of clean alternatives in the transport sector is of considerable importance for the implementation of the federal government’s CO2 reduction targets. To this end, the BMVI has, among other things, launched a funding programme for waste collection and sweeping vehicles as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.