Challenges of decarbonisation for heavy duty vehicles
While battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have emerged as the likely low carbon option for light passenger transport, the path to decarbonising heavy duty vehicles (HDVs) remains challenging. In the UK, the transport sector is the largest greenhouse gases emitting sector, accounting for 27% of total emissions. The UK’s 2050 Net Zero target will not be reached without a significant reduction in emission from the HDV segment.
The ongoing reduction in low carbon hydrogen production costs coupled with the growth in hydrogen vehicle model types and utilisation, presents an opportunity for hydrogen to be deployed at scale as the alternative zero emissions fuel to decarbonise HDVs. However, the gap in technical and economic insights on the hydrogen switching process presents a barrier to the uptake of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) by fleet operators.