BEV improvements threaten to sideline hydrogen heavy trucks

Major heavy truck makers continue to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles but potential use cases are narrowing.

BEV improvements threaten to sideline hydrogen heavy trucks
Daimler Truck has been testing its GenH2 hydrogen fuel cell truck since 2021

Much has been made, as with passenger vehicles, of the need to create zero-emission trucks with an equivalent range to their ICE counterparts. As is the case with cars, in practice that is mainly not necessary.

Heavy duty diesel trucks can travel 1,000-1,500km on a single tank. Received wisdom has been that the only way to get those kinds of distances for a 'clean' truck would be through hydrogen fuel cells.


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