It's only a matter of time before the same thing is done for all train locomotives--replace the diesels which power the electric motors with fuel cells. They may be able to do it retroactively--simply ripping out the diesel motors and putting in the fuel cells where the diesels used to be.
Dan Parker
This is revolutionary; a game changer. I wish them all the best!
Self driving electric trucks would be so nice.
Good luck. But I don't think so. You need to start small and prove yourself first with a high cost and low volume product. Like Tesla did.
@Habakak, this is a high cost low volume product.
My view is switching from turbine range extender to hydrogen fuel cell is really bad decision. Buying hydrogen would be expensive and it is really dangerous in big quantities to carry around. I think repairs would be more costly also. Turbine on the other hand can work with many kinds of fuel for example. Think of gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel, alcohol, vegetable oil ...
I don't know how many times it has to be said, but hydrogen fuel cells are not the answer. Virtually all man-made hydrogen on the planet comes from cracking methane (a fossil fuel) and the overall fuel cycle is worse environmentally than burning the fuel directly. Sure, you can use renewables powered electrolysis to make hydrogen, but it's inefficient, and using that electricity directly to charge EVs makes a lot more sense. With the rapid development of higher capacity batteries, the fuel cell vehicle is going to be obsolete before it even gets out of the starting gate. Any investment in FCVs is just wasted money. Even the hard headed Toyota execs have worked this out...
I'd rather see a large BEV truck w/ solar lining the trailer-top for a minimal range increase. I think the original founder of Tesla is working on something like that (minus the solar).
That truck looks to be at least 6 to 8 feet longer than a conventional truck. It's going to be a huge pain for drivers trying to back into a dock thats a tight fit.
Nothing in the article about the carbon produced making the fuel for this truck. Also nothing about the billions required to create a hydrogen infrastructure or the hazards associated with using hydrogen???????