Hydrogen Boost for use in Heavy Trucking

Hydrogen as a dominate factor in future heavy trucking powertrains has received a boost with the announcement that French energy giant TotalEnergies has joined its major lobby organization.

As a member of H2Accelerate, a group committed to working to promote the deployment of green hydrogen for trucking, the energy company joins hydrogen producers, infrastructure operators and vehicle manufacturers.  TotalEnergies brings with it expertise as a supplier of green hydrogen and owner of hydrogen refueling infrastructure for trucking.

The announcement comes at the same time as the publication of H2Accelerate’s latest white paper, The Need for hydrogen trucking, that sets out the underlying arguments in favor of the use of hydrogen to decarbonize long-haul trucks. The evidence for two key aspects of the case for hydrogen are discussed within the paper:

  • The role of hydrogen in facilitating rapid and enhanced renewable energy deployment, by allowing the large-scale storage and distribution of renewable energy;
  • The need for hydrogen as the only zero-carbon zero-emission fuel in the heavy-duty trucking sector which can provide a combination of fast refueling and very long range between refuels.

H2Accelerate participants intend to publish further whitepapers on expectations for the uptake of hydrogen trucking and the requirements for policy support. These are intended to inform decisions which can help move Europe towards a commercially sustainable hydrogen trucking system during this decade.

John Wilson, vice-president, gas mobility at TotalEnergies marketing and services, said: “The environmental and practical benefits of driving on hydrogen make it one of the most promising alternative fuels for tomorrow’s sustainable mobility, particularly in long-haul road transport. To meet the 2030 emission reduction targets for this segment, we must work together across the H2 value chain to ensure that this energy, the vehicles and the required infrastructure are in place as soon as possible. This is what H2Accelerate is striving for. Becoming a member will help us in our goal to develop hydrogen refueling stations for trucks in Europe, and beyond, and is another step towards our Climate Ambition to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050 together with society.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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