US TRUCKING FLEETS BEING CAUTIOUS ABOUT THE TECH ASSOCIATED WITH POWERING UP THE VEHICLES WITH HYDROGEN

Hydrogen fuel cells and the associated tech are going to be the future of fuel for vehicles, there is no doubt in that. What is doubtful is that the amount of time it will take to get to this future. The US is planning to develop hydrogen fuel cells powered trucks but North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is not excited about it. Let’s take a deeper look into the matter to understand it better.

WHY THE CAUTIOUS APPOARCH?

NACFE in its latest guidance report has said that even though HYDROGEN powered trucks will be a reality within a few years, the new owners should expect a lot of operational problems as this new technology will demand high investment and hence is petty costly to start with.

However, the council has has not stopped because the cost and to implement the technology in an effective way, they are planning to use it in things like buses, trains, power plants, chemical making and steel manufacturing.

As per the plan, this will make the technology more efficient and cheap.

Furthermore, it is important to bring down the cost of The technology, and hydrogen itself as the implementation of the technology in the trucking industry is already a big challenge in itself.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE FLEETS?

The US trucking fleets like Daimler Trucks, Volvo Group and Iveco are working in collaboration with oil and gas companies like Shell and OMV Aktiengesellschaft to develop trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The guidance provided by NACFE means that these companies will have to make near perfect engines and cells to make their products not only stand out but also stand at level with the present diesel and petrol powered trucks.

Matching the cost of the new trucks with the present ones will also be crucial for the success of these trucks and the hydrogen fuel cells technology on a whole.

All of us want our future world to be clean but what use will this future be of if it is not cheap? Yes, we understand that good things come at a prize but then the prize should be economical. Don’t you agree?


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