Combination of electric and hydrogen is the seed for a logistics revolution
'To remain successful, logistics companies must adapt to changing trends.' - Haico Spijkerboer
Netherlands forerunner transition logistics sector
The European Parliament's recent decision to install a charging station every 60 kilometers and a hydrogen filling station every 200 kilometers along highways represents a major step forward for the logistics sector. The Netherlands is leading the way in this transition, while the rest of Europe is catching up.
The accelerated transition to electric and hydrogen-powered transport will drive some trends. In urban areas, 'the last mile' transportation to customers will become increasingly efficient through smaller electric vehicles suitable for short distances. At the same time, long-distance transport in Europe will benefit from hydrogen technology, thanks to fast refueling times.
Adapting to trends
To remain successful, logistics companies must adapt to these changing trends. This includes investing in clean vehicles and the necessary infrastructure, such as charging stations and hydrogen filling stations. In doing so, it is crucial to train personnel in new technologies and maintenance procedures. Companies can also work with local governments and partners to promote the accelerated adoption of green logistics solutions.
New logistics world
Twenty years from now, these trends will have transformed the logistics industry. We will see a mix of electric and hydrogen vehicles, with electric vans handling the short distances in urban areas and hydrogen trucks providing the backbone for long-distance transportation. These developments will contribute to a more sustainable and efficient logistics sector, resulting in reduced emissions and improved air quality.
In this new logistics world, Europe will set an example for other regions and the sector will play an exemplary role in meeting climate goals.