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September H2IQ Hour: Market Segmentation of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
September 29, 2021, 12–1 p.m. EDT
Join the September H2IQ Hour to hear about analysis completed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assess the total cost of ownership (TCO) of medium- and heavy-duty (MDHD) vehicles using both conventional and emerging clean transportation technologies.
MDHD vehicles currently account for 24% of greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector and present unique challenges to decarbonization. For one, these vehicles must withstand significantly more annual use than a personal car. On average, commercial Class 8 tractors can expect to travel over 100,000 miles each year. In addition, commercial vehicles are extremely heavy, ranging from 14,000-pound Class 4 delivery vehicles to Class 8 tractors hauling up to 80,000 pounds. Given the wide range of performance requirements across MDHD vehicles of different classes and vocations, decarbonization of this sector is expected to require a portfolio of clean technologies.
In this webinar, Chad Hunter will provide an overview of NREL's recent analysis describing the TCO of Class 4 and 8 trucks powered by diesel, compressed natural gas, batteries, hybrid battery and diesel systems, and hydrogen and fuel cells, given current technology as well as potential advancements by 2025 and 2050. This analysis was completed with extensive stakeholder engagement, and is the first to account for indirect costs of powertrains that can inform market segmentation, such as the cost of lost cargo capacity due to a heavier powertrain or the cost of dwell time spent refueling or recharging. The analysis was co-led by the DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office, both within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The H2IQ Hour will include a 45-minute live presentation, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. A recording of the H2IQ Hour will be available on the website after the event.