Clean Trucks

ChapGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric truck covered in circuitry charging at a truck stop

Dirt Cheap Batteries Enable Megawatt-Scale Charging Without Big Grid Upgrades Right Away

Battery prices have continued to plummet, frankly faster than even battery optimists such as myself dreamed of. We’re seeing commercial, scaled, price points that we didn’t expect to see until 2030 or later. That has big implications for electric trucking. In 2022, a kilowatthour of battery capacity cost US$159. In … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a cargo trike on an urban street with the rider in front and a big metal box on the back

Last Mile Delivery Is Standardizing With Two Cubic Meter Roro Boxes For E-Cargo Trikes

In the past year I’ve been observing a trend that’s on at least a couple of continents. Delivery trikes now come without boxes of their own. The boxes are separate and they get packed in distribution centers with the intent of being delivered to a pickup point for an electric … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric European semi trailer covered in circuitry driving on a highway through the Alps

EU Wisely Stiffens Road Freight & Passenger Emissions Guidance

A month ago, I spent some time assembling statistics on major geographies’ split of domestic freight tonnage across different modes: road, rail, and water. I was surprised to find that road freight was so much more dominant in Europe than rail compared to other major geographies. I think of Europe … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a hydrogen refueling station that is out of service and being worked on.

California’s Hydrogen Stations Being Fixed More Hours Than Pumping At 30% Capex Per Year

Recently I’ve been reviewing studies related to hydrogen trucking, as it’s one of the few places where serious transportation research organizations still hold out hope for the energy carrier. I’ve looked at studies from multiple countries in Europe and North America back as far as 2010 now. Most recently I’ve … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a hydrogen fuel cell semi-truck tractor in a repair shop

Hydrogen Fleets Are Much More Expensive To Maintain Than Battery & Even Diesel

One of the interesting things I’ve been doing is participating in a review group for a European study on heavy vehicle decarbonization comparisons and simulations. That means, among other things, that I’m poking at the assumptions being used. As the paper is in review and assumptions are being tested and … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a liquid hydrogen truck emitting steam, captured in an industrial setting with an early morning ambiance.

What About Liquid Hydrogen Or Hydrogen Pipelines For Truck Stops? Yeah, No.

More publications on hydrogen refueling of freight trucks means more questions to answer. Freight trucking researcher, Jakob Rogstadius, Swedish senior researcher at RISE for Mobility and Systems, was working to understand the critique of The International Council on Clean Transportation’s fatally flawed total cost of ownership study and provided the English-language … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a major highway truck stop exclusively servicing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including trucks, cars, and motorcycles.

ICCT Hydrogen Trucking Scenario Would Require Europe To Ban All Electric Vehicles

Improbable and unrealistic scenarios are excellent tools to explore the odder aspects of our universe. Schrödinger’s cat being both alive and dead is a case in point. The trolley problem which had a massive resurgence in popularity and cultural awareness with the rise of autonomous cars is another. The thing … [continued]