Hydrogen Fuel Gaining Traction

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 Jim Gillis, president of the Pacific region for IMC, is investing in hydrogen-powered big rigs.

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Gillis will receive his first hydrogen electric fuel-cell Nikola trucks soon, even though the technology is not yet proven and there is no established refueling network.

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IMC plans to have 50 hydrogen-powered trucks in operation by the end of 2024.

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 The move to zero-emissions commercial trucks in California is driving companies like IMC to overhaul their fleets.

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While many truckers are focusing on battery-cell rigs, some heavy-duty truck operators believe hydrogen is the best path to zero-emission technology, especially for long-distance travel.

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Hydrogen offers longer trips and faster refueling compared to battery-cell technology.

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Hydrogen-powered trucks can also carry heavier loads since they do not need large batteries.

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Despite the potential benefits, Gillis acknowledges that there may be challenges with first-generation technology.

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