Hankook and Hyundai will take to the roads of Germany to focus on sustainability in logistics, organised by H2 Green Power & Logistics. A hydrogen-powered Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell will be the vehicle of choice, fitted with Hankook’s SmartFlex AH31 and DH31 tyres.
Hankook and Hyundai Look to Sustainable Practises
The tour started in November, with visits still to come for Hankook’s HQ in Neu-Isenburg, plus Hankook’s Logistics Centre in Madgeburg.
Ecologically optimised supply chains will be the theme for the roadshow, with the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck, fitted with SmartFlex AH31 and DH31 tyres through to 8th December 2021.
Hankook will be working with H2 Green Power & Logistics GmbH, a company dedicated to building an ecosystem for green hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector. H2 Green Power & Logistics GmbH is currently working on a plan to set up company filling stations. In addition, an agreement with H2 MOBILITY Germany ensures that public hydrogen filling stations are also available. H2 MOBILITY is the world’s largest hydrogen filling station operator and today operates 87 of the 91 public H2 stations in Germany alone.
“Hankook has been a reliable tyre partner in the fleet sector for a long time. I am delighted that the tyres for the Hyundai XCIENT truck have allowed us to make an important contribution towards establishing hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. This ultimately helps towards climate-neutral logistics,” states Manfred Zoni, Truck Sales Director at Hankook Tyres Germany.
Hankook is building sustainable business practices via truck retreading technology, which illustrates the advantages of this sustainable “increased life” concept by employing SmartLife Solutions. Hankook’s commercial vehicle tyres can be retreaded several times over, thanks to the carcass quality. Retreading allows fleet companies to help the environment and offer significant economic benefits thanks to the increased mileage.
“Without using hydrogen (H2) in industry and transport, which can be stored and transported, the energy transition is currently considered unattainable. H2 Green Power & Logistics GmbH, based in Münster and with a branch in Magdeburg, shows that medium-sized companies can also play a role in this enterprise. The business model includes a complete ecosystem for green hydrogen in commercial vehicle mobility and later also for large stationary customers,” says Ludger Hellenthal, managing partner of H2 Green Power & Logistics GmbH.
Hankook’s all-round SmartFlex AH31 (steer axle tyre) and SmartFlex DH31 (drive axle tyre) were selected for the roadshow to make sure the truck is well equipped. Commercial vehicle customers can rely on these profiles, in particular, due to their high driving safety and increased load-bearing capacity. Both tyres feature the M+S symbol and the snowflake (3PMSF) symbol, ensuring good traction even in tough winter road conditions. The drive axle tyre also has a 6-rib tread pattern with 6-angled tread blocks. The tread pattern ensures the tyre has even wear and tear, increasing the lifecycle. Hankook-patented self-cleaning sipes in the centre of each block prevent damage to the block edges, ensuring solid traction performance throughout the tyre’s life.