Challenges. Why did Gaussin, a family business specializing in the design of professional vehicles for the transport of goods and people, switch to hydrogen?
Christopher Gaussin. Ten years ago we launched a radical change in our vehicles so that they are zero emissions and zero noise. We then stopped the combustion engine. In 2012, we took very big risks, we were way ahead. All our vehicles have electric motors in the wheels and batteries to deliver power and store electricity. A fuel cell and a hydrogen tank can be added to this base to increase storage capacity and autonomy.
From 2012, we built a range of vehicles mainly off road (off open roads) for use in port terminals, where we have been for fifty years, and in logistics centres. We have a 75-ton (load) vehicle designed for port operations and another, 38-ton, developed with e-commerce players (Ikea, Amazon, UPS, etc.).
Is your strategy to equip international trade logistics as a priority?