Marshall Fleet Solutions appoint Les Gillies

Les Gillies

Marshall Fleet Solutions has appointed Les Gillies as its new operations director in a move that will see him take charge of the firm’s transport refrigeration, tail lift and fleet management services.

He will work alongside the Cambridge-based Marshall Fleet Solutions’ sales director Michael Kane and MD Mark Howell.

Gillies has 30 years of experience working within the temperature controlled industries, including senior job roles for large-scale, multi-sited, blue-chip companies including May Park, Tulip, Grampian and Gist.

Commenting on his new role at Marshall Fleet Solutions, Gillies said: “This is an exciting challenge for myself as I will be able to drive the nationwide MFS operational team forward by looking at our business activity through an operator’s eyes.

“This will enable me to fully understand our customers’ expectations and to provide MFS with the operational experience that will move the business forward”.

Hyundai to put 1,600 hydrogen trucks on the road over the next 5 years

hyundai-xcient

Hyundai has confirmed it will put 1,600 hydrogen fuel cell trucks on the road in Switzerland in the next five years, and plans to sell them in various other European countries too.

The 4x2 and 6x2 H2 XCIENT rigid trucks, the first 50 of which will hit Swiss roads in 2020, will be supplied though Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HMM), a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy. They will be powered by 100% green hydrogen produced by Hydrospider, a collaboration between Alpiq, H2 Energy and Linde.

The business model will see Swiss hauliers taking the trucks on eight-year contracts, paying on a per-km basis.

Mark Freymuller, president of commercial vehicle eco-friendly business development at Hyundai Motor, said the fee includes the truck, maintenance, battery replacement and hydrogen supply. He added that HMM will establish a fuelling infrastructure using existing fuel stations to keep costs down, so “solving the age-old chicken and egg problem”.

Hyundai H2 XCIENT 4x2 - technical specifications

  • GVW: 19 tonnes
  • GTW: 34 tonnes
  • Motor: 350kW
  • Fuel cell: 190kW
  • Range: 400km
  • Hydrogen tank size: 34.5kg
  • Time to refuel: 8 mins

While HMM will attempt to make the trucks as cost-effective as possible, chairman of H2 Energy Rolf Huber acknowledged that in most cases, the trucks will have a slightly higher TCO than equivalent diesel units. “If you’re looking for the cheapest truck, this probably isn’t it,” he admitted, though he stressed that the more miles a customer covers, the smaller the gap in cost will be.

According to Freymuller, the first batch of 50 trucks all have hauliers waiting, and he sees no issue with finding customers for the other 1,550 due by 2025. The company is talking to potential customers in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and France, and expects to expand out of Switzerland in 2020, he added.

Huber said the countries with financial incentives for operating clean trucks are the key target.

One problem the company faces is setting up an aftersales network. It has already ruled out piggybacking on the car network and is looking for European partners.

Edward Lee, executive vice-president of Hyundai Motor Co’s CV business division, said: “We believe this is the fuel for the next 100 years, and Hyundai will be the biggest player. This is the core business for our company.”

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