Waste collection vehicle using a hydrogen fuel cell

Clean, powerful, fast and quiet – these are the criteria that waste collection vehicles must meet. Collection vehicles work most often in densely populated urban areas that maintain strict criteria for emissions and environmental norms. A quiet, zero-emission waste collection vehicle meets all the needs of municipalities, local citizens and waste collection services. These vehicles require energy to ride, lift, tilt and compress. If the collection vehicle only makes use of batteries, the range will be limited to 200 kilometres in view of the total amount of energy required.

As part of the project Waterstofregio Vlaanderen-Zuid-Nederland (Hydrogen Region for Flanders and the southern Netherlands) E-trucks Europe has extended the electrical powertrain of a DAF CF FA freight truck to carry a fuel cell running on hydrogen. This extends the range to 360 kilometres. 

The prototype hybrid waste collection vehicle carrying a hydrogen range extender is currently being used by Cure Waste Management for paper collection in the centre of Eindhoven and neighbouring communities. It refuels at WaterstofNet’s hydrogen station on the Automotive Campus in Helmond. 

By using hydrogen as an energy source the company generates 109 kg fewer CO2 emissions each operational day. This works out to a carbon monoxide savings of 4.8 tons per year by using the waste collection trucks one day each week. Both locally and abroad, there is enormous interest in this quiet and clean application. We offer project demonstrations on a regular basis.


Test platform
Nedstack (30 kW) fuel cell and 144 kW Li-ion battery
Hydrogen storage
Hydrogen consumption
Range 360 km
350 bar
6-9 kg per 100 km
360 km