Angeli Mehta reports on the Hydrogen Council’s ambitious roadmap to power 15 million cars and 500,000 trucks by 2030

Cities across the planet are focusing on electric vehicles as they make commitments to phase out the most polluting vehicles, but that’s putting a lot of eggs in one basket. Nationwide roll-outs will require investment in expensive grid infrastructure and smart-charging technology, while battery technology remains inefficient for heavy vehicles covering long distances.

There is, however, another fuel capable of sharing the load: hydrogen. According to the Hydrogen Council, a CEO-led coalition of companies from across the hydrogen value chain – co-chaired by Toyota and Air Liquide – the fuel could power 10-15 million cars and 500,000 trucks by 2030.

But transport is only one of hydrogen’s uses. A roadmap for scaling up the use of hydrogen unveiled at last year’s UN climate summit in Bonn said the fuel could abate as much as a fifth of emissions needed to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius by performing seven roles in the energy transition, including providing power to buildings and industry processes, and storing excess energy from renewables that would otherwise be curtailed.

Fuel cell electric vehicles take minutes to fill, and currently have a range of more than 250 miles

Hydrogen can be transported as a pressurized gas, or...

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