Successful trucking companies are based on one core principle: efficiency. No matter what they are hauling, the key is to get the product from origin to destination as quickly and at as low a cost as possible. More shipments plus lower price equals profitability.
The most considerable operating expense in the trucking business is diesel fuel. The Truckers Report estimates that a commercial truck uses approximately $70,000 in diesel fuel per year–equivalent to nearly 40% of the total operating costs for the unit. On average, a truck driver will purchase 20,500 gallons of diesel fuel each year.
Hydrogen fuel is the leading alternative fuel for commercial vehicles and semi-trucks for many reasons, but hydrogen’s density is a significant factor. Hydrogen Fuel Advantageous for Trucking:
|Fuel Type||Density – Megajoules per Kilogram (MJ/kg)|
Hydrogen is nearly three times as dense as gasoline or diesel, which means it can hold much more energy per unit of volume. In fact, hydrogen contains about 33.6 kWh of usable energy per kilogram, compared to diesel that holds only 12 to 14 kWh of usable energy per kilogram. One kilogram of hydrogen fuel is roughly equivalent to the amount of energy is one gallon of diesel fuel, which explains why hydrogen is sold at the pump in kilograms.
Four ways hydrogen fuel is advantageous for trucking:
- Weight. Trucks require more fuel to move more weight, and transportation regulations limit the weight any single truck can carry on its roads. Thus, the most efficient way to transport freight is to keep the truck’s weight to a minimum. One gallon of diesel weighs about 7.1 pounds, while one kilogram of compressed hydrogen fuel weighs only 2.205 pounds.
- Refueling Speed. Hydrogen fuel is the only alternative fuel that offers a refueling speed that is as quick or faster than diesel refueling–between 15 to 30 minutes. This means truck drivers can make a short pit stop to fill their tanks and be back on the road in no time.
- Cost. Currently, the cost of hydrogen fuel at the pump is a stumbling block for consumers and companies to switch to this newer alternative energy solution. In 2019, the average price for a kilogram of hydrogen fuel hovered between $13 and $16 per kilogram. This doesn’t need to be the case, though. Much of the expense of hydrogen fuel comes from transporting the fuel from the manufacturer to the station. PowerTap Hydrogen’s affordable and efficient on-site generator manufactures the amount of fuel needed to fill a station’s needs at under $2 per kilogram–eliminating the need for forecasting orders and waiting for deliveries as well as cutting out extra costs for the middleman. That means station owners with PowerTap Hydrogen facilities can sell hydrogen fuel at prices extremely competitive with diesel.
- Clean Burning. It’s well known that hydrogen fuel has no harmful emissions, but the impact is even more significant than that on our atmosphere. Drivers remain healthier because they aren’t breathing in toxic exhaust fumes, nor are they exposed to noise pollution common to traditional diesel trucks. In fact, some of the most significant positives reported by commercial vehicle drivers and public transportation riders about these buses and trucks are how clean and quiet they are.
Now is the time for fuel station owners to diversify their products with hydrogen fuel.
The Andretti Group and PowerTap Hydrogen allow fuel station owners to produce hydrogen fuel on-site, with a production unit taking up less than 1,000 square feet of space. Our units can produce over 1,250 kg of pure hydrogen each day using only city water, natural gas, and electricity. With PowerTap Hydrogen, it’s possible to produce fuel at less than $2 per kilogram–that’s about $9 less than purchasing hydrogen fuel from a wholesaler or producing it onsite via alternative solutions.
If you’re interested in diversifying your current product mix or would like to begin a journey in the exciting future of alternative energy solutions, contact our team at PowerTap Hydrogen today. We’d love to show you how easy it is to be a part of the hydrogen fuel revolution.