California Fuel Cell Partnership envisions 70,000 fuel cell heavy-duty electric trucks backed by 200 hydrogen stations across the state by 2035
SACRAMENTO, California., August 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a new background document for Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric Trucks (FCETs), “Fuel Cell Electric Trucks: A Vision for Freight Movement in California and beyond ”, which envisions 70,000 trucks supported by 200 heavy truck stations by 2035. The vision emphasizes the urgent need for policies that unlock and accelerate private investment to achieve this intermediate step towards a broader goal of 100% zero-emission trucks by 2045.
70,000 fuel cell heavy-duty electric trucks supported by 200 heavy-duty hydrogen stations by 2035 in California.
“Achieving a zero-emission future requires the partnership of government and industry, and the use of all the tools at our disposal,” said Jérôme Gregeois, Director of Commercial Vehicle Development at Hyundai-Kia and Chairman of the Board of administration of CaFCP. “At Hyundai-Kia, we know that electric battery and fuel cell technologies are necessary to meet the diverse needs of our customers.
The vision emphasizes the need for both zero-emission vehicle technologies and that “truly achieving a successful 100% zero-emission transition requires the unique capabilities of FCETs”.
Heavy goods vehicles represent only 2% of vehicles on California roads, yet these hundreds of thousands of trucks generate more than 9% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, 32% of its nitrogen oxides and 3% of its particulate emissions.
“The successful deployment of zero-emission heavy trucks requires the interaction of several key elements. In the case of FCETs, this includes synchronizing the deployment of vehicles with the hydrogen refueling infrastructure and the production of renewable and carbon-free hydrogen, ”said Joe cappello, CEO of Iwatani Corporation of America and Vice President of CaFCP.
With the right policy mechanisms in place, the vision foresees a self-sustaining market by 2035. The California Air Resources Board’s draft report concludes that a self-sustaining refueling network for light fuel cell passenger cars is possible, suggesting that the same can happen for heavy fuel cell trucks. As the vision states: “With the necessary signals and market conditions in place, members of the California Fuel Cell Partnership have confidence in the successful transition of this complex and difficult to mitigate emissions sector and see a path forward. towards market sustainability. “
The vision document’s release follows the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Clean Truck Rule, the world’s first rule requiring truck manufacturers to switch from diesel trucks and vans to zero-emission electric trucks starting in 2024.
“California has set ambitious targets to achieve zero emission fleets in all categories of vehicles, including cars, buses and trucks, ”said Bill Elrick, executive director of CaFCP. “We can only achieve these goals through collaboration between government and private industry, and policies that promote and attract investment. The time to act – and to invest – is now, if we intend to move quickly and successfully to a self-sustaining market.
TheCalifornia Fuel Cell Partnership is a unique collaboration of organizations including car, bus and truck manufacturers, infrastructure developers, energy providers, government agencies, fuel cell technology companies and others who work together to promote the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles. . Together, we help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are aligned with each other to ensure that the technology reaches its full market potential.
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