Quantron and Oilinvest form a hydrogen joint venture
According to Quantron, the Oilinvest subsidiaries operate around 2,450 petrol stations under the Tamoil brand in Europe, including Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. In Germany, the Group operates petrol stations under its HEM brand. At these petrol stations, as well as at third-party locations and new sites to be developed, the partners will set up an “extensive network” of H2 fuelling stations that will provide “a foundation for the proliferation of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles,” Quantron says.
Starting in Germany, the Hemtron joint venture will ensure the supply of hydrogen filling stations at customer-oriented locations near transport hubs such as logistics centres and motorways. In September 2022, Quantron announced that it wanted to examine with Deutsche Tamoil / HEM the extent to which H2 filling stations could be realised along the more than 400 HEM filling stations. At the time, the company stated that the sites would be upgraded in a gradual process. With the establishment of the joint venture, the project has now been finalised.
“Through this strategic partnership with Quantron, we aim to offer our customers a commercially viable solution and reduce carbon emissions with green hydrogen as an alternative to diesel for commercial road transport”, says Ahmed Elkerrami, Chief Executive Officer of Oilinvest Group. He added, “We aim to aggregate our initiatives that secure an increase in non-fossil fuels projects. This partnership will support our strategy to become a net-zero company by 2050 and we look forward to include more partners to join this Hydrogen Fuelling Alliance”.
Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG, comments: “With the help of Oilinvest’s fuel retailing expertise and refueling station network, we are creating a foundation for our customers to switch from diesel to zero-emission FCEV vehicles. Due to our current first mover advantage in range and power in the 44t sector as well as our QLI FCEV, which have already started delivering, we now also want to be a first mover in dedicated H2 fueling infrastructure, dedicated to the needs of light as well as heavy duty trucks.”
“We can envision becoming the IONITY of H2 Fueling with our partners such as Heavy Duty OEMs, Hydrogen producers and other stakeholder,” Perschke adds. “Our venture is set-up to be an open platform and we invite other truck OEMs, energy companies and also other Oil & HRS network partner to join in an open H2 Roaming Alliance.”