Electrification, while a practical option for most of the trucking industry (see last week’s episode), is not yet as feasible for long-haul Class 8 trucks. |
What options might exist to decarbonize heavy-duty trucking in the short and medium term, if not with electrification?
Climate Now spoke with two entrepreneurs whose companies are developing alternative technologies to reduce heavy-duty transport emissions: Bav Roy, co-founder and COO of Verne, a start-up optimizing hydrogen storage for fuel cell trucks; and Paul Gross, the co-CEO and co-founder of Remora, a startup that captures carbon from the exhaust pipe of trucks.
Listen now as we explore the challenges and growth opportunities for these two technologies, infrastructure considerations, and more.
00:15 Heavy-duty emissions
1:44 Verne Hydrogen introduction
6:03 Remora Carbon Capture introduction
7:14 Why it’s hard to decarbonize trucking
9:35 Why use fuel cells?
12:23 Verne technology
14:50 Remora technology
22:08 Verne market timeline
27:05 Remora market timeline
29:35 Wrap-up discussion with hosts Darren and James
James Lawler is the founder of Climate Now. James started Climate Now as a way to learn about climate change and our energy system. Climate Now’s mission is to distill and communicate the science of our changing climate, the technologies that could help us avoid a climate crisis, and the economic and policy pathways to achieve net zero emissions globally. James is also the founder of Osmosis Films, a creative studio.
Darren Hau is a Senior Charging Manager at Cruise, focused on optimizing and deploying the infrastructure required to electrify autonomous vehicle fleets. He previously worked at Tesla, where he helped design the V3 Supercharger, and co-founded Dragonfly Systems, a solar power electronics company that was acquired by SunPower. He is the inventor of several U.S. patents and a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. Darren holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.