Carrefour has deployed 137 Plug Power Inc GenDrive-powered electric forklifts for the two to three shift operation.
The French supermarket giant showcased the GenDrive-powered lift trucks at the opening of its supply chain distribution centre in Vendin-le-Vieil, France.
Plug Power, the New York-based provider of energy solutions using hydrogen fuel cell technology, claims Carrefour can expect an increase in efficiency, reliability and improve operator-ergonomics within its STILL lift trucks, while reducing Carrefour’s carbon footprint.
“This is the second major deployment of Plug Power’s GenDrive units by Carrefour,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power.
“With each and every truck that is turned over to hydrogen and fuel cell power, Carrefour is taking another step to engrain its philosophy to adopt clean energy in its daily operations into its employees and stakeholders. Plug Power congratulates Carrefour on its most recent business expansion.”
GenDrive forklift fuel cells never require charging or changing. Battery changing requires 15 minutes per shift compared to two minutes for hydrogen refueling.
Carrefour is the second-largest retailer in the world, serving 13 million customers internationally every day. The company’s new facility is a critical arm within Carrefour’s logistics network in France.
The grand opening allowed Carrefour to shed insights on its vison of the future of logistics market in France and the rest of the world, including its leadership position in adopting clean and competitive solutions for large vehicle fleets.
The project received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework programme for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Technology Initiative under Grant Agreement Number 303451.