Impact Debate: The Future of Trucking

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Transporting goods by long-haul vehicles is a key element to healthy economies, but currently brings significant carbon emissions. Battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have emerged as solutions that promise to move these goods emissions free. Fossil fuel combustion, the long-term incumbent, is becoming cleaner and more efficient while these technologies emerge. The resolution to be debated today is which of these 3 technologies will dominate long-distance road freight.

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director at the Diesel Technology Forum, argued that internal combustion is here to stay; Colin Murphy, Deputy Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute, argued that battery-powered vehicles will soon dominate; and Craig Scott from Toyota argued that hydrogen fueled vehicles will dominate. This debate was moderated by Mike Roeth, Executive Director at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

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