Car dealers struggle to convince customers that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can be used as a mode of everyday transportation, but truck manufacturers see

Car dealers struggle to convince customers that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can be used as a mode of everyday transportation, but truck manufacturers see great potential in the know-how. At IAA Transportation 2022, Andreas Gorbach, his director of technicals at Daimler Vehicles, said it was a matter of chemistry. "It's nowhere near hydrogen given the weather with the biggest differences in electrochemistry that give the best performance, voltage and potential power density," Gorbach said.

Even with major breakthroughs, battery chemistries are only 30 times less powerful than hydrogen. "There should be no component that can compete with hydrogen," Gorbach said. Indeed, there are still major obstacles to overcome before hydrogen fuel cell vehicles begin to replace diesel his tractors.

There is little refueling infrastructure. His current hydrogen supply chain cannot support hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Daimler is also making more forays into the market for battery electric trucks through the development of fuel cell vehicles.A European mannequin with new battery chemistries was unveiled at IAA Transportation last week.

Martin Daum told Automotive Information that the truck's powertrain and battery chemistry will be used in a Freightliner on U.S. roads within a few years. And hydrogen refining is polluting, defeating the goal of zero tailpipe cars. Trade will need to boost hydrogen production using solar, wind and other renewables to meet unseen promises.

Gorbach fears infrastructure bottlenecks will force trucking companies to make best choices as the government bans diesel engines. The thrill at the IAA revolved around the craze for battery electricity and hydrogen fuel cells. Daimler, Volvo, BYD, Iveco, and just about every other Class 8 truck manufacturer have placed electric tractors center and center in his IAA cabin.

They parked their diesel cars at their branch offices and outside on Frankfurt's vast driveways. Daimler, a truck manufacturer that split from the mother or father of the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Group in December 2021, advertises hydrogen fuel cells on several of his IAA sites. A guest in the main retail space embarked on a quiet, easy ride in his massive GenH2 fuel cell idea rig from Daimler.

Elsewhere, the German company showcased its latest and growing fuel cell stack technology at Cellcentric, a 50:50 three-way partnership with Volvo Group.

In briefings and interviews, Daum noted his expertise in hydrogen and sensed a sense of urgency, influenced by the company's timeline for phasing out diesel transportation. "We are in a carbon financial system, and carbon makes the world hot. ...This is not the world we want to stay in," he said.

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