What replaces diesel in the long-haul segment, and when?

T&E argue that certain assumptions around battery-electric trucks are inaccurate, and that the technology could quickly deliver zero-emission road freight. By Xavier Boucherat

In the long-haul sector, the prospect of replacing the heavy-duty diesel engine with battery electric powertrains is normally met with three fundamental concerns: the addition of large batteries in trucks would make the vehicles too expensive, too heavy, and lacking in range. Combine these with the ongoing lack of high-voltage fast-charging facilities, along with the lengthy timelines for fuel-cell trucking, and it is easy to see why many expect diesel to continue dominating the segment for years to come. But could some of the industry’s assumptions be inaccurate?

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