Clean Energy Vehicles – Commercial Vehicles
A significant portion of provincial transportation related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions comes from the commercial transportation sector, with heavy-duty vehicles accounting for 15% of GHG emissions.
The government is working with industry to save time, fuel, money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proposed actions could build on current incentive programs such as Weigh2GoBC, the Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive Program, and continue working with utilities to expand their incentives to help companies experience the benefits of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) as a fuel for their fleet, vessel, or power generation applications.
The Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program, which supports the purchase of clean heavy-duty vehicles, buses, transport trucks, motorcycles and heavy equipment, could be expanded to support electric charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure at ports, service yards and truck stops.
Investments in clean technologies would continue including more development in B.C.-based battery and fuel cell technologies, which could help our trucking and marine sectors reduce their emissions.
Other jurisdictions are making progress with emissions reductions for commercial heavy-duty vehicles.
- In June 2018, Canada revised regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and trailers. The regulations introduce stronger standards for vehicles and engines in model year 2021, and increase in stringency up to model year 2027 to give manufacturers and owners time to adapt. The updated regulations also introduce standards designed to make pulling trailers easier, thus improving a truck’s overall fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
More zero emission options are currently being implemented or are under development. For example:
- B.C. based Loop Energy’s is developing and implementing its hydrogen fuel cell range extender system for heavy-duty truck applications; combined with an electric battery system, it helps provide extended range for zero emission operations.
- Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 is implementing all-electric ferries powered by B.C.-based Corvus Energy’s lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems. For longer range ferries, ferry operators are working on a hybrid ferry design consisting of 50% hydrogen mixed with a plug-in battery system.
- Recently, the California Air Resources Board announced a number of projects to accelerate a transition to zero emission off-road equipment, such as hydrogen fuel-cell powered cargo-handling equipment, battery electric high lift capacity forklifts, and fuel cell and battery-electric yard trucks at ports.
- BC Transit and Translink are testing battery electric buses, and B.C.-based Ballard is supplying hydrogen fuel cell electric buses around the world. Quebec-based Lion Electric Co offers an all-electric school bus, manufactured in North America.
- What opportunities are there to reduce emissions by making commercial transportation cleaner and more efficient?
- What challenges need to be considered when working to support cleaner commercial transportation systems?