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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks And H2 Infrastructure Could Benefit From New Legislation

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

Politicians from both main parties in the United States are promoting a Hydrogen for Trucks Act, to support the conversion of domestic trucking from diesel to hydrogen.

These are the three main parts of the Act

  • Provide incentives for adopting hydrogen fuel cell trucks by covering the difference in cost between them and conventional diesel-powered vehicles.
  • Encourage tandem fueling station and vehicle deployment, to ensure that one doesn’t need to exist before the other is in place, solidifying the overall fueling infrastructure.
  • Collect data and establish benchmarks for various forms of fleet operation, helping to accelerate deployment by incentivizing private investment.

We could do with an Act like this in the UK.

But whereas the United States would start with hydrogen for trucks, we would probably start with hydrogen for buses.

March 25, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Well in a sense we’ve had something very similar to the Hydrogen for Trucks Act in the JIVE and JIVE2 (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) projects, which began around 7-8 years ago and were initiated with the aim of proving at least 300 fuel cell buses and the associated refuelling infrastructure across many European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. In the case of the UK bus operators taking part, Aberdeen, Brighton & Hove, Liverpool, London and the West Midlands have all received grants similar to those proposed in the Hydrogen for Trucks Act. Admittedly, as it stands at the moment, the potential scope and funding for the US programme is considerably higher than these EU schemes, but then again the draft was only introduced to Congress for reference to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the 11th March. Rather like so many efforts to introduce legislation, what goes into the mill isn’t always what comes out the other end and as we know Biden’s Infrastructure funding objective, especially railroads was much watered down.
    I’d say for the moment Europe, which includes ourselves, is ahead of the USA.

    Comment by fammorris | March 25, 2022 | Reply

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