Please join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on Thursday, October 5th from 11 AM – 12 PM ET for a discussion on using hydrogen for US long-haul trucking. During this discussion, experts will examine key opportunities and challenges for long-haul trucking, including the Inflation Reduction Act, infrastructure, and equipment.
Economies of scale and path dependency have given batteries an edge over hydrogen fuel cells for most forms of transportation. Long-haul trucking accounts for 7 percent of U.S. transportation emissions but may not be suitable for current battery technology, however, due to technical factors.
Heavier vehicles require proportionately large batteries. Consequently, these batteries are heavier, which weighs – literally – on range, payload capacity, and freight economics. Refueling a hydrogen truck typically takes about ten minutes, while EV charging times often exceed half an hour.
Given these techno-economic factors, hydrogen fuel cell trucks may be more suitable for long-haul trucking routes, particularly on journeys with heavy payloads.
Hydrogen for long-haul trucking applications is also benefitting from an increased policymaking emphasis on reducing emissions for hard-to-decarbonize sectors. At the national level, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act provided huge incentives for hydrogen production – potentially ranging into the tens of billions of dollars. State level policymaking is also increasingly supportive, as California is providing fiscal incentives for zero-emissions vehicles and is moving forward to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered medium- and heavy-duty trucks by 2036.
Join us as we examine the opportunities – but also challenges – facing hydrogen for long-haul trucking.
This discussion will take place over Zoom and will be broadcast live over YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. To receive the event information, please register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event. If you wish to join the question-and-answer period, you must register for virtual attendance.
Engineer, Innovative Heavy-Duty Strategies
California Air Resources Board
Fuel Cell Technology Development Manager
Department of Energy
Joseph M. Merlino
VP Energy Transition
Thomas K. Walker III
Transportation Technology Manager
Clean Air Task Force
The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.
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