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According to Frost & Sullivan’s recent report, Global Fuel Cell Trucks Growth Opportunities, the promise of fuel cell trucks in hydrogen economies is enticing for businesses seeking zero-emission mobility solutions.

By 2030, the global market for fuel cell trucks is expected to reach 142,858 units, with China accounting for 63.9 percent of total global sales. Through incentives, tax credits, and subsidies, regional governments and energy departments are pushing the adoption of fuel cell trucks. Additionally, they provide demonstration project scenarios.

“Hydrogen is emerging as a promising substitute to fossil fuels. It is a cleaner and more environmentally friendly form of energy, which will most suitably serve long distance-traveling needs and segments that demand high uptime and availability,” said Jagadesh Chandran, Mobility Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “To overcome the challenges pertaining to technology, supply chain, infrastructure, and economic costs and in order to create a comprehensive hydrogen economy, the industry needs to hasten development to achieve economies of scale.”

Chandran added: “Opportunities for fuel cell trucks to grow in long-haul segments are evident when the industry transitions away from diesel engines. Major manufacturers are engaged in fuel cell vehicle development through cross-company and cross-regional collaborations to synergize and leverage existing know-how in technology, production and supply chain capabilities, and industry positioning.”

Transportation authorities and industry stakeholders are developing transition strategies and action plans in order to remain competitive and maintain technological leadership. The following areas of investigation should be prioritized for expansion:

Competence in technology is critical to remaining competitive versus battery-electric and diesel powertrains: Through collaboration with technical research firms and government agencies, invest in research and development and validation projects to achieve targeted system efficiency.

Expand capabilities, restructure strategies, and redefine objectives to ensure the market’s long-term viability: Through strategic collaborations and infrastructure development, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will need to demonstrate adaptive tactics for developing ecosystems that support the operation of fuel cell trucks.

Determine and map the market opportunity for fuel cell vehicles across segments and use cases: OEMs must identify their position in relation to battery-electric trucks and their sales strategy in order to accelerate growth in target segments.

Global Fuel Cell Trucks Growth Opportunities is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility research and analysis, which are available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council. The Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council assists organizations in identifying a continuous flow of growth opportunities in an uncertain future.

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