The Fuel Cell Technologies Office, in collaboration with the Vehicle Technologies Office, established technical targets for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in long haul tractor-trailer truck applications. These targets will help guide early-stage R&D and serve as benchmarks for tracking technology.
DOE Technical Targets for Advanced Truck Technologies
A key activity within DOE’s Office of Transportation within Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is setting technology targets for achieving performance, durability, and cost required to be competitive with incumbent or other advanced technologies. These targets guide early-stage research and development (R&D) and serve as benchmarks for tracking technology. As electrified powertrains are becoming an important part of the advanced truck technology portfolio, DOE is setting detailed technical targets for both hydrogen-fueled fuel cell-powered trucks and battery-electric trucks.
Technical targets for advanced truck technologies are developed with input from the 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP) and will be included in new Electrified Powertrain Roadmaps to provide the technical foundation for research priorities, addressing one of four key research areas covered under 21CTP. This document presents the technical targets for Class 8 long-haul tractor-trailer trucks powered by hydrogen and fuel cells. Targets for battery electric tractor-trailer trucks will also be added to the Electrified Powertrain Roadmap. These hydrogen targets were developed for the long-haul use case, assuming trucks can be driven the maximum daily range (750 miles) between refueling. Other use cases will be considered for battery-powered.