Hydrogen key to new US blueprint for decarbonising transport

Achieving a Net Zero economy in the US by 2050 will require transitioning new vehicle sales to zero-emission technologies across all modes of transportation by the mid-2030s, according to a new decarbonisation blueprint released today.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization calls for greater convenience, efficiency and faster transition to clean energy, and serves as a ‘call to action’ by building on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

Hydrogen features prominently in the section on decarbonising long-haul heavy trucks – providing the ‘greatest long term opportunity’ – while also offering large long-term opportunities in rail and maritime.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can complement battery EVs for applications requiring longer ranges and faster refuelling times, like long-haul trucking,” the report states. “A robust domestic supply chain for batteries, charging infrastructure, hydrogen, and sustainable fuels will be critical to support the transition to zero-emission vehicles and fuels.”

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