Improved truck emissions control essential ahead of future regulations

Incoming regulations will demand that trucks can meet emissions limits in all conditions, which creates challenges for the ICE and emissions control systems. By Xavier Boucherat

There can be no doubt that the ICE will remain a fixture of trucking for years to come: a leading zero-emissions solution for long-haul trucking is yet to emerge, and estimates of when alternative drivetrains could reach price parity with the ICE mean that in the short to mid-term, new diesels are still going to leave the lots in significant numbers. Research on the US market from FTI Consulting predicts that whilst battery-electric short haul could compete with diesel on TCO by 2023, long-haul fuel cell truck TCO won’t drop sufficiently until the second half of the 2030s, and green hydrogen until 2040. Battery-electric long-haul could be viable as soon as 2026, but a lack of high-power fast-charging infrastructure and associated weight penalties means significant hurdles still litter the road to adoption.

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