Hydrogen for Trucks Act Discussed in Congress
S.3806, the Hydrogen for Trucks Act, has been introduced into the United States Senate, with a similarly-named bill, H.R.7064, being introduced into the House of Representatives. Here is what the twin bills becoming law would detail.
Congress’ official website has the wording for both bills on the appropriate webpages, for the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bills are very similar to minimize the amount of rewriting of the bill needed to have both sections of Congress approve one specific bill. The three largest points of the bill(s):
- A subsidy/grant to help cover the difference in cost between a hydrogen powered truck and a comparable diesel, either any dollar amount above 150% of the comparable diesel, or $500,000, whichever is lower in cost.
- Money to help with the development of fueling stations, to help encourage the adoption of hydrogen vehicles.
- Collect data from those who have obtained grant money to compare statistics from hydrogen-powered trucks compared to their diesel brethren.
The bill(s) delegate $20 million in spending over the course of five years. The introduction of these bills to Congress have been bipartisan; the Senate bill was introduced by Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and the House bill by Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.).
The bills have also been met with support outside of Congress, including by engine manufacturer Cummins, truck manufacturer Nikola, and logistics company PGT Trucking. “While trucking companies and equipment manufacturers are making substantial investments and taking risks toward the development of various hydrogen-fueled transportation solutions, it is critical that an infrastructure providing robust distribution channels of hydrogen fuel be deployed nationwide,” said Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking’s president.
It is too early to say whether or not the bills will merge and become approved by both halls of Congress, but it is fair to say that if it does and goes across Biden’s desk, he will sign it rather than veto it. He has taken a stance in favor of clean energy, as readily apparent by his previous actions.
If it becomes law, truckers will still be required to foot some of the bill, up to 50% more than a diesel truck, but the potential cost savings on maintenance (the system’s emissions are water and air) may still make it a quality investment.
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