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John G Russell Transport and hydrogen-powered fuel cell EV supplier Hyzon Motors have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin deploying cleaner vehicles in the UK.

The two companies said they wanted to enable the transition to zero-emission commercial trucks for fleet owners and operators by providing vehicle sales, leasing and service support.

With a focus on medium and heavy trucks, Hyzon and Russell will collaborate to develop product and distribution pathways.

Hyzon said it was developing a 44-tonne, 6x2 tractor to UK market specifications, which both firms intend to deploy in trials this year.

Russell said that through a network of locations owned and shared with its partners, it would provide the sales, service and parts support to customers.

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Stephen Madden, Russell Group fleet engineer, said: “We are pleased to announce our working relationship with Hyzon.

“The Russell business model has always been to reduce our carbon footprint through innovation for our own and our partners’ operations.

“We believe our knowledge of the UK transport infrastructure and commercial relationships will expedite the movement to hydrogen fuel cell technology.

“With our strategic locations we anticipate we will be able to accelerate sales, service and parts across the UK and look forward to promoting the Hyzon product.”

Hyzon said that by collaborating on “the ecosystem surrounding the vehicles”, it would make it easier for operators to decarbonise their fleets.