Infrastructure costs ‘tip in favour’ of FCEV trucks over BEVs

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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