With larger volume adoption, infrastructure costs tip in favour of Fuel Cell Electric Trucks (FCETs) over Battery Electric Trucks (BETs), according to a new Quantron white paper.
At low volume adoption, infrastructure costs for BETs are much lower than the cost of setting up even a small hydrogen refuelling station (HRS). However, a HRS has the advantage of being able to refuel much more trucks in a day, leading to a better utilisation rate and amortisation.
Currently, depending on its capacity, a hydrogen tank can be filled with gaseous hydrogen at 700 bar pressure in about 20-30 minutes to enable the FCET to have a real driving range of 600-700 km. With technical improvements, the refilling time could potentially drop to 10-15 minutes in the future, which is comparable to the refuelling time in conventional diesel fuelled Heavy Duty Trucks (HDTs).
“This offers FCETs a significant edge,” it notes.
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