THE DECARBONIZATION RACE IS ON...

Around the globe, the goal to reach CO2 neutrality has become a major focus for the coming decades. Overall, road transportation accounts for ~18% of total CO2 emissions, with trucks causing a significant share of 20%. In the European Union various regulations set strict emission targets. In order to achieve the goal of decarbonization in the transport sector, non-fossil propulsion technologies must be developed, promoted and scaled. This race is particularly interesting for heavy-duty long-haul trucks, as three technologies are currently competing for pole position.

The three competing technologies

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power

 High range to mass ratio

 

 High operational costs (e.g. due to fuel price, efficiency)    
 

 Best for long range use cases in which electrification is not economical

 

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Battery Electric Power

 Technology ecosystem proven with light duty vehicles

 

 Limited range

 

 Best for decarbonized urban distribution cases

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Synthetic or Bio-Based Fuel Power

 Available infrastructure, suitable to decarbonize existing fleet

 

 Limited availability of fuels

 

 Best for existing fleet decarbonization use case

The booster

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All three drive train technologies and their business cases can be "boosted" by charging infrastructure such as "Overhead Contact Lines" (OCL) on major transit lines. The technology works similarly to electric trains and reduces the cost per kilometer when in use.

THE ACE IN THE SLEEVE: FINDING THE RIGHT DECARBONIZATION STRATEGY

What is the right technology for your business? The simple answer: it depends! Depending on your individual business situation and most common usage pattern either one or a combination of the mentioned technologies will be the answer. A holistic approach is needed to identify which technology best serves your business.

Our experts can help you analyze your situation and navigate the technology jungle to develop the right decarbonization strategy tailored to your business.

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