In connection with the approach of zero indicators by 2050, the pressure to adopt new energy systems is increasing. For cargo transportation, the focus is on electric motors on batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The long-term success of decarbonization technology in the commercial segment will depend on performance and cost.

“The main problem with battery electric trucks right now is the heavy battery and long recharging time,” says Ben Nyland, chief executive of Vancouver-based fuel cell supplier Loop Energy. “A hydrogen fuel cell or a hydrogen fuel cell range extender is more efficient in this regard and could allow vehicles to have a longer range.” He suggests that battery electric vehicles, combined with range extenders, could increase range by up to three times, have greater payload capacity and offer faster refueling times.

Z Van Renault Master ZE, the addition of a small hydrogen range extender increases the range from 120 km to 350 km. For Renault’s Kangoo electric model, this contributes to a smaller but still noticeable jump from 230km to 350km. British startup Tevva is also installing a fuel cell range extender on its upcoming 7.5-ton Tevva electric truck, which boasts a maximum range of 300 miles.