The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) for feedback from truck operators, truck and storage tank manufacturers, fuel cell manufacturers, station equipment designers, and other related stakeholders on issues regarding fuel cell electric truck targets.
Fuel cell technology provides a means to create net zero-emission vehicles for larger weight classes due to scalability and performance comparable to conventional powertrains. The medium-duty/heavy-duty market spans multiple weight classes (i.e., classes 3-8 or 10,000 pounds-80,000+ pounds) and vocational uses (i.e., delivery van, tractor trailer, flatbed, etc.).
The FCTO sets technology targets for future years based on what is necessary to be competitive with other advanced technologies. The targets can then be used by stakeholders to help track performance and set technology benchmarks. Currently, the FCTO has targets in several areas, including hydrogen production, delivery, storage and fuel cells for light-duty vehicles.
RFI responses must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on July 11. For details, see the RFI here.