UPS Expects to Launch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles in 2018


Hydrogen filling stations must remain inexpensive enough to compete with fossil fuels in the future.
Hydrogen filling stations must remain inexpensive enough to compete with fossil fuels in the future.

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By the end of 2018, UPS claims it will launch a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in their class 6 vehicles. While these vehicles don’t have the range of current class 8 vehicles (semis), this is regional transportation’s shift away from diesel and toward electric vehicles.

Tesla’s Elon Musk talked electric vehicles this last week. His thoughts surrounded the possibilities of creating vehicles ranging from class 5-8 commercial vehicles, where he believes climate change can be fought. Musk did have concerns, however. His biggest concern was how to ensure hydrogen stations remain inexpensive enough to compete with fossil fuels like diesel. He was also concerned about the potential for maintenance and cost efficiency of these vehicles. He was sure that if these two areas can be tackled, these vehicles will take off.

A high level overview on how hydrogen fuel cells work: A noncombustible engine needs a constant source of fuel in order to create electricity. The vehicle converts hydrogen and oxygen into water. The process creates electricity. Once the fuel cell has depleted, water is left behind.

TSA Issues Warning

The Transportation Safety Administration has issued a six-page warning to the trucking industry. Trucking is now in the crosshairs of terrorist organizations worldwide. Since 2014, 173 people have been killed via stolen or rented commercial trucks used to “ram” crowds. The TSA is concerned that such attacks may be carried out in the U.S. and believes this is the biggest threat to the industry.

Quick Hit

The American Transportation Research Institute has announced that hours of service flexibility, distracted driving, and autonomous trucking will be their top areas of research for 2017.

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